Citizen Action Monitor

Convincing evidence reveals that electric cars will NOT be good for us or the planet

Tyee journalist Andrew Nikiforuk proposes a path towards an improved quality of life with fewer vehicles and drivers. — No 2814 by fw, January 29, 2022 — “Fifty years ago, … Continue reading

January 29, 2022

New report outlines how Canada’s top CEOs raked in “boundless bonuses” in 2020

The report recommends five policy solutions to tackle extreme wealth inequality. — No 2810 by fw, January 10, 2022 — “Every year we [Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives] examine trends … Continue reading

January 10, 2022 · 1 Comment

Don’t blame capitalism. Capitalism itself isn’t “bad”; it’s the effects that are bad. — Nate Hagens

Capitalism has allowed us to throw a two-century party – We trashed the place, drank the booze, burned the furniture — It’s time to wake up, act like adults, and … Continue reading

December 7, 2021 · 1 Comment

Blaming fossil fuel companies and taxpayer subsidies is easy but misguided, says Nate Hagens

“We are vastly underpaying for fossil hydrocarbons, given what they do for us, and given what their widespread use is doing to the biosphere.” — No 2801 by fw, November … Continue reading

November 30, 2021

Stan Cox’s new book charts “A Path to a Livable Future”

Does humanity have the time and savvy to make the transition, asks Don Fitz, the book’s reviewer? — No 2799 by fw, November 21, 2021 — My Synopsis of Don … Continue reading

November 21, 2021

“Today’s leaders refuse to enable the conversation we need to have,” says Andrew Nikiforuk

The reason is simple: bright green lies allow them to avoid talking about a restructuring of the technological society and ending economic growth. — No 2794 by fw, November 6, … Continue reading

November 6, 2021

Global energy crunch, exacerbated by supply chain shocks, could spark a major economic shock

Analyst Chis Martenson blames central bankers’ monetary policies and bumbling government mismanagement of COVID pandemic for coming “Dark Winter.” –— No 2786 by fw, October 9, 2021— “While COVID-19 has … Continue reading

October 9, 2021

Myth #22: Nate Hagens discredits claim “We Can Always Get More Resources If We Have More Money”

“We can create money, but we cannot create energy, only extract what exists — FASTER.” No 2757 by fw, July 5, 2021 — “We can create money, but we cannot … Continue reading

July 5, 2021

Hagens’ seventh Intervention and Wild Idea: “How Are We?” A project to measure our WELL-BEING

“How Are We?” will collect real data to measure how Americans are doing in terms of Life-Style metrics like health, jobs, meaning, safety, community, etc. No 2744 Posted by fw, … Continue reading

June 21, 2021

Biden believes economic sanctions against China and Russia can bring down their governments

  So says renowned US economist Michael Hudson in an interview about his new book titled “Super Imperialism.” — No 2731 Posted by fw, May 16, 2021— “The United States … Continue reading

May 16, 2021

Global growth is capitalism’s doomsday machine, ending in global collapse

Richard Heinberg advises “repurposing growth capital now to help unwind the doomsday machine sooner rather than later.” — No 2717 Posted by fw, March 6, 2021 — “[T]he growth mechanisms … Continue reading

March 6, 2021

Screw the workers, enrich the billionaires — so goes America’s financialized, privatized capitalist economy

It wasn’t always this way. What happened? US professor of economics explains. — No 2696 Posted by fw, January 2, 2021 In a recent one-and-a-half-hour videorecording of a conversation between … Continue reading

January 2, 2021

Why major parts of the world economic system appear headed for collapse — Gail Tverberg explains

“Today’s economy is like a down escalator on which most citizens are trying to walk up — and really want to get off.” — No 2693 Posted by fw, December … Continue reading

December 24, 2020

Nine killer facts about capitalism you need to know – Chris Hedges explains

Until citizens have an electoral system that’s not dependent on corporate money, capitalists will continue to practice legalized fraud. — No 2675 Posted by fw, October 28, 2020 — In … Continue reading

October 28, 2020

Why capitalism is failing workers and triggering repeated economic crashes – US economist explains

Richard Wolff sees workers’ growing awareness of capitalism’s failures as a force for system change. — No 2667 Posted by fw, October 5, 2020 — “The problem of policies aimed … Continue reading

October 5, 2020

The US Fed is “turning its massive injections of ‘liquidity’ into a narcotic for Big Business”

Ignored is the fact that ordinary people’s pension and mutual fund savings are being sucked into a speculation vortex — No 2646 Posted by fw, July 26, 2020 — “The … Continue reading

July 26, 2020

Transitioning from fossil fuels to renewables will be like going on an energy crash diet: Stan Cox explains

If fossil fuels are rapidly cut in the transition to renewables, the pool of energy will shrink, and so will our economic growth. No 2644 Posted by fw, July 20, … Continue reading

July 20, 2020

Why we must quickly transition from fossil fuels, and how it can be done with a Green New Deal

Stan Cox outlines achievable ideas for a climate solution that addresses glaring gaps in most GND articles. No 2621 Posted by fw, May 11, 2020 — “A leakproof, declining cap … Continue reading

May 11, 2020

Think of Wall Street as a “wall” protecting the rich from the rest of us

Until the rich feel our pain, it’s easy for them not to care. No 2620 Posted by fw, May 10, 2020 — “In the month of April—as 30 million Americans … Continue reading

May 10, 2020