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 1, 2018
Heatwave 2018 explained - BBC Newsnight
Because of numerous heat waves and other symptoms of dramatic global warming such as wildfires, and freak weather, I've noticed this summer a rather dramatic increase of concern about the effects of global warming expressed through mainstream media websites. The lack of reporting in the past is in sharp contrast to what alternative and independent sites have been reporting for many years (for current reports see this, this, and this).
It seems that the capitalist ruling classes can no longer ignore or downplay this threatening trend, and must reassure or "explain to" the public that the capitalist authorities recognize the problem and by using a careful selection of scientists, to suggest that the authorities have it under control. Meanwhile, through independent and alternative sites, scientists and other experts on climate are increasingly describing these trends in terms of dramatic climate destabilization within decades and likely leading to the extinction of humans.