We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Why we don’t bother to debate with climate science deniers, illustrated

Click here to access article from Climate & Capitalism.

Actually I think that the debate on climate destabilization is largely over since Hurricane Sandy occurred right over the capitalist decision-making centers of the east coast. This disastrous storm could not have hit a better place in terms of influencing the debate. Now our masters who are (literally) addicted to the wealth and power "highs" delivered by capitalism, the root cause of environmental degradation, are using their media to censor out any relationship between climate disasters that are becoming increasingly evident and global warming; and when they do mention the latter, they emphasize fantasies about technology solving the problem.
If people are just confused about climate, they can be reasoned with. The facts are convincing, to anyone who is willing to see. But nothing convinces hard core science deniers, as this 2009 episode from Wiley Miller‘s comic strip Non Sequitur illustrates.