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
Sunday, September 29, 2019
It’s the End of the World as They Know It
The problem with most scientists is that they don't understand how most of our civilization functions: to serve a tiny class of capitalists under their system of capitalism. They don't understand this because they have been intentionally indoctrinated all of their lives in the virtues of this system. They have been lied to as well as the vast majority of climate activists as this account entitled "The fallacy of climate activism" written in over a decade ago attests. The author of the latter article at least was able to understand that "The answers lie not with science, but with culture." But this is answer is mind-boggling broad.
The answer is quite simple, but at the same time, overwhelming: the system of capitalism, and those who benefit from it because they as capitalist ruling classes are in control of most of our very dominant cultures. These ruling classes face two choices: 1) they must destroy the system that delivers to them so much wealth and power or 2) continue with business as usual, remain in denial or try to control or co-opt the climate change movement to serve business as usual (profits and power). Which do you think they will choose? So, what is to be done?