Citizen Action Monitor

More evidence and arguments explain why green economic growth won’t be our salvation

Where is the empirical evidence that green growth is compatible with environmental sustainability? No 2639 Posted by fw, July 1, 2020 — “Is economic growth compatible with ecological sustainability? To … Continue reading

July 1, 2020

The United States’ nation of protesters won the battle — The right to protest was upheld.

But the enemies of democracy remain: to have a long-term impact, citizens must be organized into politically potent interest groups. No 2635 Posted by fw, June 19, 2020 “Irrational Trump … Continue reading

June 19, 2020

The case for the decline and failure of Western-style democracies, as predicted by Prof. Shawn Rosenberg

In an address to colleagues, Rosenberg discusses the rise of incompetent citizens, accompanied by the appeal of right-wing populism. No 2631 Posted by fw, June 7, 2020 — Democracy Devouring … Continue reading

June 7, 2020

MUST READ – Dr. Nate Hagens’ masterly synthesis of the Big Picture implications of the coronavirus crisis

Prof. Hagens’ overview captures the complexity of our deadly predicament, a systems synthesis unmatched by other commentators. No 2607 Posted by fw, March 29, 2020 — To access links to … Continue reading

March 29, 2020

Humanity has become “a mindless, energy-hungry, CO2-emitting Superorganism,” says Dr. Nate Hagens

To avoid facing the consequences of global growth constraints, we’re now pursuing economic growth in increasingly risky, unsustainable ways. No 2595 Posted by fw, March 1, 2020 To access links … Continue reading

March 1, 2020

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