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

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Last four years were hottest on record: UN [the article contains a must-view rare video evaluating capitalism]

Click here to access post from Al Jazeera. (This commentary includes the must-view video.)

I was astonished by this post. Its contents contained two short videos and text which appropriately pertained to data showing how the climate is warming. But the tacked-on video at the end of the article is where my astonishment kicked in. This 47:30 minute video is of primary importance to me because it provided so much evidence questioning the system of capitalism, and led up to, but just stopped short of, the issue of the system's threat of human extinction.

Nowhere is this kind of presentation present in mainstream media and it is scarcely mentioned even in what passes for alternative media. It seems that our capitalist overlords have expunged from our imaginations even thoughts about the system which provides them (via private ownership and control of socially performed economic activities) with overwhelming power and wealth. 

If necessary, view the short two videos and read the text in the article to learn about global warming; but if it isn't necessary because you are already convinced, it is absolutely essential that you view the entire video tacked on at the end of the article which I have reproduced below (view in full screen):