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
Monday, August 19, 2019
At 4°C of warming, would a billion people survive? What scientists say.
Read the article, but I especially want to direct you attention to the video included in the article showing an interview with Roger Hallam, the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion that is so active in Britain, conducted by a talking head of the BBC, a major media corporation, that hires this person to suppress the messages of such people as Hallam simply because their messages might interfere with capitalist operations. You will automatically see that the talking head performs his assignment well by constantly asking red-baiting questions and interrupting Hallam who tries to answer them.
The questions of BBC's talking head--it doesn't matter what is name is because there are thousands of working people who are willing to sell their soul and their children's future by taking his place in order to enjoy a decent salary and perks--are filled with all kinds of capitalist ruling class sorts of language in order to impose a false meaning on reality: "democracy" as the nature of our governance and leading questions which might provoke answers that will discredit Hallam in the eyes of people who have been thoroughly indoctrinated (inoculated) against any kind of ideas that might threaten capitalism.
As an employee (wage slave of the ruling class) the talking head is directed to do this in defense of the ruling class's exclusive rights of ownership of economic property (capitalism) versus the survival needs of the powerless wage slaves. It is clear that our masters in the ruling class are so thoroughly addicted to power and wealth, which act like powerful drugs, that they must suppress such voices as Hallam in the ruling class's fake version of democracy (bourgeois democracy).