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 LappĆ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Wednesday, March 3, 2021

  • Do As I Say, Not As I Do by Todd Hayen, PhD from Off-Guardian. (Note: This is regarding the infantilization of world societies following the World Health Organization's (of the UN) official declaration of the current pandemic.)
Greenwald argues that the myth of this administration opposing tyranny is just that--a myth. He discloses a secret that most Americans naively believe: that their government pursues moral objectives. This grand deception hides many truths that their government not only is immoral like any criminal gang, but a bigger insight that their government is only a facade behind which a tiny class of capitalists rules all the nation and transnational capitalists rule the nations of the Empire. Many activists are aware of the first deception, but fail to recognize the second. And virtually all Americans fail to know that their elections along with the complex of myths regarding democracy are all deceptions. They are living and working in a world much like that of the film The Truman Show
  • The Age of Social Murder by Chris Hedges from ScheerPost. My reaction: I am posting this article only to criticize it. I am turned off most of his writing by the moral denunciations of his targets in the government and oligarchy. His articles often read like sermons (he trained in a seminary to be a sermonizer) castigating sinners in the government and the rich for their sins. He seldom mentions the capitalist system which I firmly believe accounts for most of his "evil-doers". Besides this fundamental criticism, I don't accept his take on the current pandemic in which he largely accepts what the mainstream media report about the pandemic.
  • Big Oil Is Really Scared! w/ Steven Donziger (Web Exclusive) featuring an interview conducted by Lee Camp (via his Redacted Tonight channel on YouTube) with Steven Donziger, the lead attorney who won a court case in 2011 against Chevron for their harmful practices in Ecuador. Donziger, who is suffering from Chevron's backlash ("Then Chevron went after Donziger. He's currently one of the US's many political prisoners."), brings this forever case up-to-date.
  • Science Update: Backtracking on Geoengineering? a 6:25m video featuring Prof. (retired) Guy McPherson, a scientist who has specialized in the impending climate destabilization crisis, from his YouTube channel. He cites and clarifies important new research that has the potential to at least delay this crisis!