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

Friday, February 28, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Friday, February 28, 2020

Back in 2009, before the holiday season, Dr. James Hansen appeared on the Tonight Show with David Letterman.  I downloaded a file copy so I could show it offline.  Some time later the interview was purged from the channel.  Luckily I had saved that copy.  I posted it on my personal YouTube channel where it's gotten about 7k views over six years.
Well here goes, folks.  Everything he said then is just as true now.  We have made zero progress towards reducing our carbon emissions, and the Money Boys are still trying to figure out how to 'make a buck' off of the current climate emergency. 
  • Coronavirus Update featuring Guy McPherson, retired Professor of Biology, from his YouTube channel Edge of Extinction. (Note: In this episode, McPherson offers a very startling prediction about global warming that is based on very questionable statistics (according to him). You should know of his past analyses about the effect of aerosols on global warming: see this, or if you are not technically challenged, see this.) 
  • America’s Hundred Year War on Socialism by Deena Stryker from New Eastern Outlook. (Note: Although Stryker doesn't exactly address "America's Hundred Year War on Socialism", she offers sound observations about the current election scene in the USA.)

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Wednesday, February 26, 2020

  • Middle East dystopia? Peter Lavelle interviews geopolitical analyst Alastair Crooke about his observations about the Middle East. From RT (via YouTube).

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

This rather lengthy piece addresses a very important subject: social-economic and ultimately coercive power. He starts off with a fundamental description of what it is, and ends up with a specific discussion of its presence in the current US election scene. I've long considered this power as a crucial problem that humans have not been able to overcome.
I think power is a fatal human flaw which will end in the extinction of human and many other species. Only in the roughly last 10,000 years have we seen the appearance of self-serving ruling classes. During this history we have seen, because of human cleverness, a vast increase in the number of humans. This period is nearly a "drop in the bucket" compared to the 200,000 years of the appearance of humans on our planet Earth. But during this micro period of "civilization" we've seen one system after another (capitalism is the latest) that created tiny ruling classes through the use of power.
Our evolution has been largely shaped by the last 190,000 years when we lived in tiny bands which became dispersed all over the planet. Human species has not had time to evolve the means to cope with the vast increases of their population in this current period that is required to counter the power of the current ruling classes. Thus, our weakness in confronting powerful ruling classes is our fatal flaw that will end in our extinction due to the ruling classes' destruction of our habitat.
  • Bolivia: Anatomy of a CIA Coup by Hugo Turner from Internationalist 360°. (Note: What struck me about this essay is that the same methods have been used here in the USA with modifications in order to preserve the fiction of "democracy". But after Sanders is neutralized(def.#1) one way or another by the capitalist ruling class, I predict that even this well-worn fiction will be ultimately shattered and ordinary people of the USA will find themselves much like citizens of poorer countries. Then things could get really hot!)

Monday, February 24, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Monday, February 24, 2020


Sunday, February 23, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Sunday, February 23, 2020

I am posting this article to illustrate a social democrat's take on the current election process between two US capitalist parties. I believe Zuesse has entered the realm of psychosis in a desperate attempt to hold onto his social democratic beliefs. He like Joe Lauria defends Sanders's surrender to the propaganda of the Neo-fascist Deep State. They both fall short of what is needed to salvage some human dignity from the ravages that capitalist ruling classes have imposed on this planet. They are aware that these Empire ruling classes have perpetrated the most heinous lies and infiltrated all institutions (including labor unions) of our society to crush any resistance that appears. But they, too, have been so indoctrinated in individualism of capitalist culture that they cannot imagine other types of heroes.

The nation and the whole world needs heroes who have the guts to risk all, which includes their own lives, to save humans from an ignominious defeat at the hands of capitalist ruling classes before nature ends most all life on Earth. Social democratic individuals, and their individualistic credo, cannot believe that we humans are in a final struggle to go down with some dignity before the natural forces of our universe ends the unique experiment of life on planet Earth. They will ultimately save themselves and desert (def.#3) most species (including humans) to save themselves from any discomfort. We humans must, and will eventually have, other heroes to save us from ignominious defeat.

I think Defend Democracy Now in this comment in an introduction to a re-post of a Rolling Stone's article is absolutely correct: "Sanders makes his biggest mistake yet. He attacks Putin to appease US military-industrial complex (and Israel). He risks having Corbyn’s fate". Corbyn, a British candidate, was disappeared easily by British media corporations who used similar attacks against him, and Sanders responded similarly as Corbyn did.