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, October 1, 2019
‘How Dare You!’ The Climate Crisis And The Public Demand For Real Action
(Note: I am only going to post this one article today because it offers, together with important links, so much important truths about today's humans and the crisis they face. I use the third person because I am near the end of my life and the third person offers an appropriate way to address those who come after me.)
I emphatically recommend that you do not skip the following links to important articles (that is, if you haven't already read, or listened to, them): Greta's recent speech to UNGA (my link), Greta Thunberg and the consolation of doubt, Greta Thunberg's Facebook statement earlier this year, the Ted talk she delivered in August 2018, "Something Drastic Has To Happen" with an interview by Roger Hallam on the BBC in August, 2019, and many others that I may have, in the rush to post this article, overlooked.
Please do not misunderstand me by posting this article and commentary. I do not wish to discredit those people (especially Cory Morningstar) who have tried to expose the attempts by agents of the capitalist classes to co-opt her and thereby limit her influence. They immediately recognized how dangerous she was, but that doesn't mean they were successful. Also, I don't want you to hero-worship Greta Thunberg--that would be too easy. Rather you should take her message as another inspiration to become active in your locale to join with others to take down the system of capitalism, and the people defending it, that will inevitably result in the extinction of humans, that is, if you do nothing!