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

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Support for action surges, majority say we face climate emergency

Click here to access article by David Spratt from Climate Code Red (Australia). (Some editing was done in the last paragraph at 1:40 PM CT to add greater clarity.)

Australians have awoken to the climate and environmental crisis as indicated by recent polling.
In the first-ever poll of its kind, new research from The Australia Institute (TAI) has found that a clear majority of Australians agree the nation ‘is facing a climate emergency’ requiring emergency action and that, in response, governments should “mobilise all of society” like they did during the world wars.
Now that it has become obvious to the majority of citizens (I believe this is true in most parts of the world), it is the opinion of many scientists like Guy Mcpherson, that it is too late. The ruling capitalist classes successfully soothed us for the last 50 years with tales like that this threat was far too in the future to worry about, that we could create technological fixes for it, or that it was just a bunch of hooey. But now that it is becoming obvious especially to citizens of the West, our capitalist masters have taken charge of the Green New Deal movement so that any environmental fixes won't get in the way of their access to the drugs of profit/power. Like an alcoholic in the advanced stages of addiction, our capitalist masters are willing to risk everything, including human extinction, to continue their access to the drug of power.

But this is not unusual. The capitalist classes have competed in global wars to obtain control over access to cheap resources and cheap labor; and to accomplish this, they have insured that all institutions of their societies supported their interests of profit and power. Having already co-opted the highly trained upper-middle-class with generous salaries and perks to maintain their institutions of indoctrination, little stands in their way of pursuing more wars and exploitation. They will continue to use fossil fuels to do this while fooling us with tales that they are seriously combating climate destabilization and environmental collapse. 

Witness the sordid history of wars which nowadays are never-ending. Our masters in the ruling class encountered no difficulties in getting us to sign up for their wars, leave our families and loved ones and jobs to go over to foreign lands to kill people on their behalf. Every time they asked us in the past, we enthusiastically signed up to do this. They had no difficulty in doing this because they controlled our very minds through their control of every ideological institution of their societies. With their present command of advanced technologies, this control is easier than ever.

With all the evidence around us that indicates we are headed for major environmental crises and because our masters can no longer deny this, we are now signing up for this Green New Deal movement in numbers. The only rub is ... they control this movement as Cory Morningstar argued with evidence in her articles (see the above link). Do you think we can continue to trust these drug addicts to lead us out of the present crisis? In the past I argued that our only solution was revolution: taking the ownership and control of the economy away from our masters and directing it ourselves. Now I think it is likely too late.