Citizen Action Monitor

ICC’s decision to investigate alleged war crimes in Afghanistan is “completely political”

The ICC has become a white man’s “Western, racist, imperial tool” targeting Africa, says Francis Boyle, international law prof. No 2096 Posted by fw, November 10, 2017 “The ICC prosecutor’s … Continue reading

November 10, 2017

American voters are misinforming themselves with fake news lies and inaccuracies

“The most consequential offenders in the dissemination, and success, of fake news is the American education system.” No 2095 Posted by fw, November 10, 2017 “Gore Vidal once remarked, ‘Half … Continue reading

November 10, 2017

James Hansen issues a 13-point call for climate change action at COP-23 in Bonn

“We are entering a period of consequences and are in danger of being too late.” No 2094 Posted by fw, November 09, 2017 “Given that governments were instituted to serve … Continue reading

November 9, 2017

To avert dangerous global climate change, we must downscale economies of rich nations 4-6% per year

Costa Rica proves its high level of wellbeing, minimal ecological impact, has little to do with GDP growth. No 2093 Posted by fw, November 08, 2017 “In the coming decades, … Continue reading

November 8, 2017

Proof of genetically inherited altruistic behaviour means we can move beyond the selfish gene

Societies structured to cultivate long-term vision, altruism, and self-transcending behaviours, while penalizing selfish behaviours, will flourish. No 2091 Posted by fw, November 5, 2017 To access all other synopses from … Continue reading

November 5, 2017

Over centuries, a borrowed concept of “self-interest” evolved to become a credible tenet of modern economics

Of late, this “borrowed credibility”, unbridled in a capitalist system, has become “the nastiest motive of nasty people.” No 2090 Posted by fw, November 4, 2017 To access all other … Continue reading

November 4, 2017

It’s past time for us to shift away from consumer desires towards “an alternative hedonism”

An alternative hedonism leading to a more ecologically sustainable, satisfying, happier life. No 2089 Posted by fw, November 3, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click … Continue reading

November 3, 2017

Why do rich societies with lots of material goods, show few signs of meaningful social participation?

Given weak evidence of our ability to flourish, it is even more puzzling why rich societies pursue material growth. No 2087 Posted by fw, October 30, 2017 To access all … Continue reading

October 30, 2017

Insatiable consumer desire aside, people are capable of restraining spending in times of economic crisis

But no escaping the growth dilemma — spending restraint during a crisis deepens and lengthens the recession. No 2086 Posted by fw, October 29, 2017 To access all other synopses … Continue reading

October 29, 2017

Capitalism’s structural dynamic “undermines the interests of those it’s supposed to serve”

Does a self-perpetuating system of “creative destruction” contribute to prosperity in any meaningful sense? No 2081 Posted by fw, October 22, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without … Continue reading

October 22, 2017

“The drive toward Internet censorship in the United States is already far advanced”

We are witnessing the “destruction of democratic” rights by political, corporate and media elites to prevent growth of working class discontent. No 2077 Posted by fw, October 18, 2017 “The … Continue reading

October 18, 2017

Trump’s rejection of climate change creates a “malignant normality”, it becomes the rule …

“… because what a president does tends to normalize potentially bad, evil or destructive behavior.” No 2074 Posted by fw, October 13, 2017 “… now we have visual evidence in … Continue reading

October 13, 2017

Canada’s Commissioner of Environment flunks feds on climate change performance

Federal government clear on desire, big on promises, short on action. No 2073 Posted by fw, October 12, 2017 “The federal government has been clear in its desire for action … Continue reading

October 12, 2017

“Simple arithmetic reveals stark choices,” forewarns ecological economist Tim Jackson

If we are committed to combat the climate crisis, our current direction is entirely wrong. No 2072 Posted by fw, October 10, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity … Continue reading

October 10, 2017

Could relative decoupling proceed fast enough to achieve real reductions in emissions?

Jackson turns to arithmetic for an answer and finds an economy in 2100 completely different than the one we have now. No 2071 Posted by fw, October 9, 2017 To … Continue reading

October 9, 2017

There’s no historical evidence of absolute decoupling of GDP from resource use between 1990-2008

On the contrary, studies show that material consumption and economic output are very strongly coupled. No 2070 Posted by fw, October 6, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity … Continue reading

October 6, 2017

From an historical perspective, Tim Jackson finds no reliable, conclusive evidence for relative decoupling

The world’s input amount of material and energy resources used in production is not declining as fast as the increase in global growth of the economy. No 2069 Posted by … Continue reading

October 5, 2017

Group of Canadian organizations “champions” implementation of government climate change document

My letter to CEO of Climate Action Network Canada challenges the group’s enthusiastic endorsement of the Pan-Canadian Framework. No 2068 Posted by fw, October 4, 2017 “Based on my selective … Continue reading

October 4, 2017

“I called the Crash of 2008, I’m calling the Crash of 2018” – Dr. Nafeez Ahmed

Nafeez draws on new research to warn world faces an oil crunch, which will trigger another financial crisis. No 2066 Posted by fw, October 2, 2017 “New scientific research suggests … Continue reading

October 2, 2017