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

Saturday, March 9, 2019

As the World Burns: Hurtling Towards an Unlivable Planet

Click here to access article by Paul Street from CounterPunch

This the first article I've encountered from a (legitimate) fringe left-wing online website/blog (given that the US political spectrum has shifted rather dramatically to the right in this new century) that deals explicitly with the end of humans simply because the end is in sight and it can no longer be ignored. Expect many more such articles in our limited future as we stare into the headlights of our disappearance as a species. 

Street even knows what is responsible for this catastrophe with his coining of the word "capitalogenic". However, he implicitly regards this species ending event as "unthinkable" by presenting so much evidence that spells our doom as a species, but still holding out, rather lamely, hopeful remarks that we can still change things and save ourselves. His final paragraph illustrates this:
The reigning political and media “elite” is happy to keep capitalogenic global warming on the public margins until long past the last ecological tipping points are passed. They can be counted on them to fiddle and diddle through the species’ final, fossil-fueled flame-out. It is an existential necessity to create a new culture, media, and politics with the elementary natural and social intelligence required to properly prioritize the most pressing problems of our time.
I am frequently guilty of doing the same thing in my commentaries, but in my saner moments I simply want to seek revenge on a tiny capitalist class that has caused our disappearance from the Earth. This is no ordinary crime.