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

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Posts I especially recommend for today: Saturday, October 12, 2019 (updated)

  • We're in a permanent coup by Matt Taibbi from his private weblog. (He apparently doesn't know that we've had a semi-overt coup since the murder of JFK, and this coup was a culmination of preparations that neo-fascists have planned since the American Century was announced in 1940.)

Friday, October 11, 2019

Posts I especially recommend for today: Friday, October 11, 2019

  • No Class by John Steppling from Dissident Voice.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

I especially recommend these posts for today: Thursday, October 10, 2019 (updated)

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Posts that I especially recommend for today: Tuesday, October 8, 2019

  • Trump Fails to Gain the Confidence of North Korea from Radio Sputnik. "Journalist and author Stephen Gowans [a Canadian] joined Radio Sputnik’s By Any Means Necessary [a podcast program from Sputnik Int.] Monday to discuss how the US is failing to build the much-needed confidence of North Korea that’s necessary to strike a working deal on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula."

Monday, October 7, 2019

Posts I recommend for today: Monday, October 7, 2019

  • Udo Ulfkotte: Bought Journalists. Terje Maloy, a Norwegian, translated into English 49 minutes of the 136 minute lecture delivered to a German audience in 2015 by former German journalist Udo Ulfkotte. Maloy then posted it on his website which occasionally includes posts in English.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Posts that I especially recommend for today: Sunday, October 6, 2019

Funding The Climate Breakdown : How can it be stopped?

Click here to access an 11:17m video from Just Have a Think via YouTube.

I think this latest installment from Just Have a Think is an excellent example of what Cory Morningstar has thoroughly exposed about capitalism's funding of reform efforts to subvert the protests concerning the climate crisis. Note particularly what Dave Borlace, the narrator, says about selecting "our banks" who will in turn, presumably because of our influence, fund efforts at mitigating the crisis. Absolute nonsense! Yes, they will set up some banks for this purpose, but meanwhile the major banks will continue to do business as usual.  And if we are fooled, we will see an increasing climate and environmental deterioration which will eventually end in the extinction of human and most other species.

I don't know if the narrator is a naive dupe or whether he is consciously serving the ruling capitalist classes. But I do know that privately owned banks do not serve the general public in our societies, but only one tiny part of it--the ruling capitalist class.

I repudiate my recommendation that you subscribe to this YouTube channel as I previously recommended in the last paragraph of the post on September 27, 2019.