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, August 24, 2016

The new form of climate destabilization denial

by cartoonist Patrick Bagley.

Since Hurricane Sandy in 2012 attacked the central region of the US Empire, corporate media's denial of climate destabilization has taken another form: pretending that the extreme weather we are experiencing is completely normal.