Citizen Action Monitor

How the large-scale cultivation of untruth and irrationality work as a political program to destroy democracies

There is a striking parallel between the collapse of democracy in Germany’s Weimar Republic and what’s happening right now in Trump’s America. No 2592 Posted by fw, February 23, 2020 … Continue reading

February 23, 2020

Global capitalism is in deep crisis, declares globalism sociologist William Robinson

But why does Robinson see little difference between corporate Democrats and Trump’s Republicans in their response to the global capitalism crisis? No 2583 Posted by fw, February 13, 2020 This … Continue reading

February 13, 2020

How transnational capitalism has given rise to neo-fascism

In the US, a fascist movement is linking up with capital and Trumpism in far right, repressive juggernaut aimed at containing rebellions by those experiencing downward mobility. No 2582 Posted … Continue reading

February 11, 2020

Soleimani Assassination — Oh what a tangled web Trump weaved when once again he acted to deceive

Is Trump’s support base large enough, ignorant, fearful and gullible enough, to commit another act of American stupidity by re-electing this “congenital bad boy”? No 2571 Posted by fw, January … Continue reading

January 14, 2020

The Big Picture — 6 hours, 34 videos later, we’re at the end of the beginning. — What To Do Now?

Yes, we’re part of an energy-eating global superorganism, but you still have our own volition, creativity, and ability to impact the future in outsized ways. No 2564 Posted by fw, … Continue reading

December 28, 2019

The Big Picture – What will happen after we hit the limits to expansive economic growth?

Can we knowingly plan an escape from a trending downward spiral of economic growth followed by decline? No 2563 Posted by fw, December 28, 2019 (Set 3: The Big Picture … Continue reading

December 28, 2019

The Big Picture – Our global civilization of billions behaves as a superorganism, always awake, always hungry

It functions as an energy dissipating structure, consuming every single good or service in our global economic system. No 2562 Posted by fw, December 24, 2019 (Set 3: The Big … Continue reading

December 24, 2019

Why is perpetual economic growth the engine of civilization’s inevitable collapse? Tim Garrett explains

Future growth depends on availability of energy and raw materials on a finite planet – and we’re depleting those resources faster than ever. No 2561 Posted by fw, December 21, … Continue reading

December 21, 2019

The Big Picture – Hagens sees the rapid decline of the natural world as a crisis as big as climate change

“There’s no easy way to present this next topic,” warns Hagens, his students insisting he not candy-coat the story. No 2560 Posted by fw, December 19, 2019 – (Set 3: … Continue reading

December 19, 2019

The Big Picture – Nate Hagens identifies dire impacts to Earth’s environment, as “externalities” to price system

Unaware Earth’s environment is a complex adaptive system, apocalyptic climate scenarios exaggerate climate impacts, underestimate economic risks. No 2559 Posted by fw, December 17, 2019 – (Set 3: The Big … Continue reading

December 17, 2019

Trump has, by his own example, liberated the seedy, sleazy and sordid among the American population

The degradation will continue until Trump is removed from office and as many of his appointees as possible are purged, says US history prof. No 2558 Posted by fw, December … Continue reading

December 15, 2019

The Big Picture – Nate Hagens explains why we fail to grasp The Big Picture of the human predicament

For starters, we don’t think too much about how we think – We’re self-blind, and systems blind. No 2557 Posted by fw, December 13, 2019 – (Set 3: The Big … Continue reading

December 13, 2019

The Big Picture – Nate Hagens shares with his students his personal vision of a future worth having

An understanding of “The Big Picture” gives us the potential to steer students towards desired future outcomes.   No 2556 Posted by fw, December 12, 2019 – (Set 3: The … Continue reading

December 12, 2019

How fake news compromises human rationality, posing a grave threat to reasoned discussion and democracy

“Before democratic politics can begin, we must be able to distinguish between opinions and facts, fake news and objective truth.” No 2547 Posted by fw, November 19, 2019 “’Fake news’ … Continue reading

November 19, 2019

“Is it too late to stop dangerous climate change?” Scholars submit nine essays in response

Several respondents agree that never giving up matters more than meeting some “too late” deadline.    No 2543 Posted by fw, November 10, 2019 In my prior repost, I featured … Continue reading

November 10, 2019

The heated rhetoric of climate deadlines and threats of human extinction exaggerates what science actually says

Climate change is not a black and white issue, and there’s no absolute truth of what climate change means or demands of us. No 2542 Posted by fw, November 7, … Continue reading

November 7, 2019

We live a time-driven existence, ruled by the speed of our communication technologies

The situation is dire — We’re losing our ability to know who we are and what is important to us. No 2533 Posted by fw, October 22, 2019 In March … Continue reading

October 22, 2019

MYTH BUSTER! – Clean, renewable energy will NOT be our salvation!

Hard evidence shatters 15 myths about alternative energy sources – Turns out they are neither clean nor renewable. No 2527 Posted by fw, October 1, 2019 “The fiftieth anniversary of … Continue reading

October 1, 2019

Why has the shift to renewables stalled despite repeated promotions of the Green New Deal movement?

Conceptually, transitioning from fossil fuels to renewables looks straightforward enough — in reality it’s quite complicated. No 2524 Posted by fw, September 25, 2019 “There is significant talk in the … Continue reading

September 25, 2019