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

Many times in the past I've made clear that humans face two threats to their existence: one from a catastrophic nuclear war brought on by the by mostly the transnational capitalist class in the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire; and two, a longer range problem due to the operations of the capitalist system which is well on its way to destroying our ecosystem that supports humans and so many other species. Previously I have limited all posts to one month from the current date, however because the second threat to our human existence moves more slowly (although it is picking up speed due to its accelerating momentum), I've decided to remove this requirement from posts related on this general subject.

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 goatmeal36@yahoo.com, 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 keywords (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 and other greenhouse gases 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 advanced 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. However, this change of emphasis was soon overtaken by the covid-19 pandemic declared the World Health Organization of the UN. Since then I had had to place more emphasis on what appears to be a conspiracy by the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire's ruling class to coerce people into accepting severely restrictive behaviors dictated by the corrupted World Health Organization (corrupted by Bill Gate's billions) and motivated by the Great Reset project of the Empire's ruling class. 

December 1, 2020 update: Due to advanced age, I haven't been able to keep up with all the machinations of the capitalist ruling class who have lied to us, manipulated our minds with psy-ops, and rewrote our history to serve their interests of power and profits. I can no longer keep up the schedule as I have been for sometime, but I will continue to do the best I can. I've decided to post articles that I deem very important throughout my day as I discover them and as my energy holds up. Thus, I won't post all articles once a day, but as I come across them. 

April 11, 2021: In reviewing my last entry, I noticed that I didn't follow the change in my former plans (above). Old habits persisted and I returned to the previous routine of posting articles and some commentaries around 1 PM CT after working on them from 6:30 AM. But recently I have had a significant change in my health (see the post dated April 11, 2021) which necessitates a change in schedule to no schedule. Previously I've entered daily posts except for one day a week (usually Saturday). I will now post articles and occasional commentaries only sporadically until further notice. 

Update on my note of April 11, 2021: As you can see, if you are steady followers of my website, I have been able to follow my old schedule following my loss of balance around April 1. I will continue to follow this old schedule with interruptions due to medical and dental appointments which in the future I expect to interfere with my daily routine. I've been taking most Saturdays off from this routine to catch up on tasks from my daily life. This will continue. And, I will take days off when I simply don't feel well enough to review and post entries that I consider very significant. Thus, in the future, you can expect more frequent interruptions in the daily posts of recommended articles.

Briefly regarding my health, I've recovered about 75% of my physical balance, and I notice that I tire rather sooner than before when I engage in routine activities. This is to be expected as I approach 85 years of age.

6/20/2021 update: I am abandoning the use of "labels" or categories (except "best posts") as of today to further lighten my labor load in my almost daily task in continuing this list of essential articles and commentaries. Labels do not seem worth the extra effort. You are encouraged to use words or phrases, which I think are much more useful, in the search engines on my website. I've recovered about 90% of my physical balance, but I notice that I tire rather sooner than before when I engage in routine activities. This is to be expected as I approach my final expiry date.