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
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
"As a peak-oil/climate-aware high school Chemistry teacher, every day is a balance between (1) imparting the daily Chemistry lesson in an effective and entertaining manner, (2) telling the kids the hard, scary truth about our civilization’s predicament without crushing their hopes and dreams for a livable future, and (3) offering some ideas about what we could do to help the situation."
Universal Health Care? We Keep the Candy, But You Can Have the Wrapper. No. Wait. Give Us the Wrapper Too.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
A poem by Gary Corseri
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
"With his 1972 book The Limits to Growth, Dennis Meadows was one of the first to warn about the looming environmental crisis” Regarding his current position on climate destabilization, he is more optimistic than I am.
Excellent interview with Minqi Li who is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah specializing in Political Economy, World Systems and the Chinese Economy. He was a political prisoner in China from 1990 to 1992. He is the author of "After Neoliberalism: Empire, Social Democracy, or Socialism?
Sunday, December 13, 2009
When the interests of the ruling classes require police state tactics, they change the laws, suspend the laws, or ignore them.
In the “New World Order” you become an enemy if you protest and will be treated accordingly. In other words, we who oppose the New World Order are all becoming Iraqis, Taliban, evil doers, etc.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
The paid guardians of the ruling classes seem awkward while receiving hugs from the people.