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, August 13, 2019
New Models Point to More Global Warming Than We Expected
Because I am not trained/educated significantly in the physical sciences, I don't pretend to understand many technical concepts by climate scientists. This article is an example of the latter. But, because I have had extensive training in the social sciences, much of it outside of conventional curricula, I have been left with the glaring impression of the extent our tiny ruling capitalist classes will lie to protect their system which gives them dominance over the vast majority of humans (99.9%).
The capitalist system is like a cancer: it requires incessant growth to maintain itself. Mostly independent scientists have for the last 50 years warned our masters of the evidence pointing to this crisis, but the latter regard this information as intolerable. Capitalist ruling classes have punished scientists along with other critics of their system using economic sanctions by imposing roadblocks on their careers. Most scientists consciously and instinctively know this; and to guard their careers, they go out of the way to subdue the truth about the crisis. Knowing this and our masters' capacity to lie and deny, I have during the past several years concluded that our capitalist masters are pathologically obsessed with avoiding the truth about the climate crisis and the fundamental contradiction between climate stability and their system.
Capitalist ruling classes have demonstrated the extent of their ability to tell lies (I don't think most of them are aware that they are lying--it's mostly unconscious) through their control of every institution of advanced capitalist nations. In my obsessive pursuit of truth, I have become aware of this insight over many years of social justice and anti-war protests, formal education (political sociology), and informal education through reading of often hard-to-find books and articles. Thus, I have become indelibly conscious that such ruling classes will lie, cheat, and murder millions to propagandize and indoctrinate us in the wonders and virtues of capitalism, and to deny their many crimes. They are consumed by the pathology of dominance and control.
So, nowadays, as we descend into the crisis of climate destabilization, there is no limit to their pathological attempt to deny the evidence of impending disasters and assured extinction. Because humans are so susceptible to this pathology, capitalists along with the vast gullible majority will become extinct. But not only human species. I've learned that most other species will not survive this catastrophe. The monstrosity of this crime grows ever larger.