George Monbiot lists 13 world catastrophes in his Guardian column this week, starting with the granting of absolute power to a man who appears to possess no capacity for restraint, balance or empathy, but a bottomless capacity for revenge and vindictiveness.
High on his list is runaway climate change which has a trajectory way beyond that envisaged by the Paris agreement.
Equally alarming are the red lights flashing for Economic Collapse, possibly kicked off next week with the fall of Italian banks and the Brexit mess.
Then there is the falling apart of the European Union, takeovers by far right governments in the pay of capitalist corporations, legitimation of sexism and racism, not to mention spreading permanent war as well as longer term emergencies such as the UN declaring that at current rates of soil loss we have 60 years of harvests left, and of course the extinction crisis which appears, if anything, to be accelerating.
With the world in such a mess it’s a good moment to remind each other that it NEED NOT BE SO… Reaffirming long term goals can inspire us to stronger daily resistance.
Dreaming Beyond Capitalism: A Culture Without Fear
By Martin Winiecki, .. shared with thanks
In the 1990s an unusual encounter took place in the Ecuadorian Amazon. In plant rituals, shamans of the Achuar, a tribe living in pristine forest that had never been in touch with Western civilization, received the warning that the “white man” would try to invade their lands, cut down the forest and exploit the resources. Deeply shaken, they called out to the Spirits for help. Continue reading Dreaming Beyond Capitalism: A Culture Without Fear
Protected by a crowd of sympathisers several activists with metal cutting saws removed the steel plates this morning from the famous evicted Banc Okupat in Gracia , Barcelona.
For some hours there was jubilation but on this occasion the Catalan Mossos police were well prepared. Seven vanloads of riot police appeared, dispersed the crowds of supporters and proceeded immediately with a new eviction
Inside the occupied bank they found at least 18 people who were identified and set free. Continue reading Barcelona Bank Squat Center re-occupied and re-evicted
“The most predictable aspect of Trump is unpredictability. I think it’s dangerous, very dangerous,” says Noam Chomsky.
Noam Chomsky Drops Truth Bomb on Trump’s Election
“If Clinton had won… the left could have been organized to keeping her feet to the fire.”
Noam Chomsky has message for Trump apologists and normalizers post-election.
“They’re making a bad mistake,” Chomsky said in an interview with Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan.
..great video, great man..Noam will be 88 on Dec 7th and can’t be with us much longer.. his voice a little shaky but his mind is still spot on, outliving even the ‘eternal’ Fidel.. salud!.. compañero de toda la vida!
While Chomsky initially backed Bernie Sanders in the primaries, he encouraged his supporters to back Clinton once she received the nomination. Continue reading UpFront special: Noam Chomsky blasts Trump with a Truth Bomb