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, June 13, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Saturday, June 13, 2020

Announcement: My posts will be spotty during next week when I am on vacation starting tomorrow.
I don't think we humans have much to look forward to in the years ahead. As we, as a species, degrade our environment through the activities of our ruling capitalist classes who compulsively pursue profit and power, the future looks increasingly dim as we approach the final decades of our existence. Don't misunderstand me, I think if the latter were disappeared from the Earth today, we are doomed anyway by their cumulative past activities. I think most scientists who are not compromised by their careers in commercial corporations and the government would agree with retired biogist Guy McPherson.
The news these years will be filled with rather depressing reports about very hot summers, huge unemployment, economic crises, domestic riots, and ongoing conflicts in the rest of the world (which has been usually ignored by most Americans). The US/Anglo/Zionist Empire will desperately cling to power by issuing threats of, and inflicting, violence on the rest of the world. The well-hidden Deep State actors who control this Empire will even consider catastrophic nuclear war on those countries which are capable of opposing their imperial activities. I think that the re-energized domestic enemies will, in their opposition, be too little and too late to stop them. Sorry for this prognostication.