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
Message to my readers
I was not born with a gift for writing, but over time I think I have achieved a reasonable level of competence. I learned much from George Orwell whose essay about five rules plus one I have tried to follow. I try to write for people who have at least some advanced education or who have read somewhat widely about political and economic affairs. Because 40% of my readers are from foreign countries and their language skills are not primarily in English, I will sometimes provide links to definitions especially when using words that have many meanings or phrases that are common American expressions (slang)--which I try to avoid.
I especially appreciate people notifying me whenever they spot a significant error or a clause that is ambiguous or simply doesn't make sense. In such instances notify me, Ron Horn, immediately via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let me know if you wish to remain anonymous for the correction. Otherwise I will credit you on the edited post with your name.
The "categories" section is not ideal because once a writer uses a category, they cannot be easily changed because of the nature of Google website software. One has to go back to each article and change categories. For example, for several years now I would like to use the category "Syria"; but because the conflict there started so slowly beginning in 2011, I lumped articles pertaining to Syria under the category of "Mid-East". Once I realized the importance of Syrian affairs and wanted to have a separate category for this, I would have spent many hours changing each previous article to the new category. Because of this, it may be more useful to use key words (for example, like "Syria" or "Syrian Kurds") in the search engines to find what you are looking for on my website. On the other hand, if you wish to obtain my views on various subjects, I recommend that you use the category "best posts" which often, not always, includes my commentaries to obtain a "best post" rating.
In early 2019 I began to list articles that I "especially recommend", and this needs some explanation. I especially recommend articles after I have perused a number of articles each morning that are from sources that I deem credible and of geopolitical significance. The articles recommended are my selection from a total of around ten times the number of articles from credible sources that I've read or scanned on the World Wide Web. This new type of post illustrates my declining energy as my old age advances. Thus in the future you will see fewer posts that include commentaries which are time and energy consuming.
Late in 2019 I gave up on a revolutionary solution to the fascist rule of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. I am sorry to announce this but I simply can't deny the overwhelming evidence any longer that our species are doomed to extinction. Thus, in December of 2019 I changed the name of my weblog from "Surviving Capitalism" to "Surviving Capitalism (Not)". I am finally convinced that our skies and oceans are so loaded with carbon that we have already closed the door on surviving capitalist destruction of our Earth's habitat which can support humans and so many other species. In the time remaining for me (due to advance age) and this weblog, I will be concentrating on understanding how this catastrophic situation was brought about.
On January 14 I announced that in the future I would be placing more emphasis on articles which addressed the climate crisis and less emphasis on exposing the lies issued by the Empire from their media corporations.