Citizen Action Monitor

How do we help people to move beyond the “iron cage of consumerism?”

Consumerism has gutted our sense of common purpose, lost are opportunities for citizens to share a common life. No 2149 Posted by fw, January 20, 2018 To access all other … Continue reading

January 20, 2018

Could “prosperity without growth” provide a framework within which to make sense of our existence?

The role of this framework, this “sacred canopy,” is to keep us from despair when confronted with existential threats. No 2148 Posted by fw, January 19, 2018 To access all … Continue reading

January 19, 2018

Tim Jackson is blunt. Our situation is dire: “Society is faced with a profound dilemma.”

In his final chapter, he recaps key arguments and explains the critical importance of achieving prosperity without growth. No 2147 Posted by fw, January 18, 2018 To access all other … Continue reading

January 18, 2018

The promise of a governance for prosperity in a much-to-be-desired progressive State

“The progressive State is the basis for a renewed vision of governance, the foundation for a lasting prosperity.” No 2146 Posted by fw, January 17, 2018 To access all other … Continue reading

January 17, 2018

Tim Jackson outlines four broad policy themes for a post-growth society

He underscores the importance of input from constituents in the process of government policymaking. No 2145 Posted by fw, January 17, 2018 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without … Continue reading

January 17, 2018

Government is caught in a “dilemma of growth” – It’s time to move beyond this conflicted state, says Jackson

A half-century of the governmentality of growth has come at the expense of policies for the common good. No 2144 Posted by fw, January 15, 2018 To access all other … Continue reading

January 15, 2018

“Governmentality” – the way governments try to produce citizens best suited to fulfill their own policies

Decades of neoliberal regimes have practiced the unsustainable, ecologically destructive, governmentality of growth. No 2143 Posted by fw, January 14, 2018 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, … Continue reading

January 14, 2018

Jackson builds a case for government as a “commitment device” to escape the “iron cage of consumerism’”

But will our selfish pursuit of affluence continue to erode and undermine government’s role as a commitment device? No 2142 Posted by fw, January 13, 2017 To access all other … Continue reading

January 13, 2018

BREAKING — NYC to divest pension funds from fossil fuels, sue Big Oil & Gas for climate change damages

350.org petition PM Trudeau to keep his promise for a “proper review” of  Teck Frontier tar sands mine. Today I received the following email from Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein … Continue reading

January 10, 2018

Golden Globe’s support for #MeToo a wretched spectacle of identity politics at their worst

Hollywood millionaire celebrities devote entire evening to feeling sorry for themselves, says WSWS news source. No 2141 Posted by fw, January 10, 2018 “This year’s Golden Globe Awards, with its … Continue reading

January 10, 2018

Tar Sands – Canada’s dirty and dangerous obstacle to a carbon-free global energy system

Calculations show winding down tar sands production crucial for Canada to achieve carbon reduction targets. No 2140 Posted by fw, January 9, 2018 “We examine two interrelated questions here. First, … Continue reading

January 9, 2018

Towards an understanding of “common pool resources” and the state’s role in supporting the common good

“Common pool resources” consist of natural or human-made systems, such as forests, water, the atmosphere and irrigation systems. No 2139 Posted by fw, January 8, 2018 To access all other … Continue reading

January 8, 2018

In response to the 2008 financial crisis, the protective role of the state privileged powerful corporations

Ordinary citizens now perceive the state as corrupted by private interests and impotent to act in the public interest. No 2138 Posted by fw, January 7, 2018 To access all … Continue reading

January 7, 2018

The ominous day when real life in Trump’s administration imitated George Orwell’s art, “1984”

By eliminating the official use of seven words, “the uncritical minds of our time will be unable to think unorthodox thoughts” No 2137 Posted by fw, January 5, 2018 “There … Continue reading

January 5, 2018

How global climate change contributes to more extreme winter weather events

If “global warming” is real, why the extreme winter weather in vast parts of North America — Climate scientist explains. No 2136 Posted by fw, January 5, 2018 “Scientists are … Continue reading

January 5, 2018

Faced with “a captured, powerless, inefficient government’, Jackson explores a new role for the state

Can we envision a new role for government, one suited to thrive in a resource-constrained, warming world? No 2135 Posted by fw, January 4, 2018 To access all other synopses … Continue reading

January 4, 2018

“The time is now for a mass movement of people saying ‘We want something different.’”

“We actually know what we need to do; it’s a question of how we do it.” – Stewart Wallis No 2134 Posted by fw, January 3, 2018 “The time is … Continue reading

January 3, 2018

Fragmented US resistance movements fail to understand the nature of the system they’re up against

“The consequences are frightening because we’re dealing with the possibility of destruction of all life” No 2133 Posted by fw, January 1, 2018 “I think the mainstream media and actually … Continue reading

January 1, 2018

Study reveals evidence of right-wing extremism in Canada predating Trump’s election

Smug Canadians certain that Trump’s hateful politics would not play well here. No 2132 Posted by fw, December 31, 2017 “The world will not soon forget Nov. 8, 2016. It … Continue reading

December 31, 2017