Citizen Action Monitor

How the fossil fuel industry became the bedrock of a capitalist system that is now an existential threat

Our very survival dictates that we must be part of the struggle to get rid of capitalism — There is no alternative. No 1864 Posted by fw, January 8, 2017 “The … Continue reading

January 8, 2017

Current political, economic, social systems have failed us – Is revitalization of the commons a possible solution?

George Monbiot invites readers to explore a wide range of potential solutions, beginning with the commons. No 1857 Posted by fw, December 27, 2016 “In the first of a series of … Continue reading

December 27, 2016

If we continue with a growth-based economic system, we will be flirting with collapse

Canadian prof makes a compelling case for transition to a steady state, no-growth economy. No 1694 Posted by fw, June 6, 2016 “I had the privilege recently of speaking with Peter … Continue reading

June 6, 2016

“It’s clear now that simply exposing big business atrocities will have no deterrent effects.”

Governments, corporate scoundrels, opposition parties rarely mention corporate malfeasance — We are at an impasse. No 1675 Posted by fw, May 17, 2016 “Having recently become a nonagenarian, I spend a … Continue reading

May 17, 2016

Fort McMurray wildfire a man-made disaster rooted in capitalists’ rapacious pursuit of profit

Trudeau has attempted to hide fact that tar sands were better protected from wildfires than workers. No 1668 Posted by fw, May 10, 2016 “As with other environmental disasters like Hurricane … Continue reading

May 10, 2016

You can not have a capitalist democracy, they are radically incompatible, says Noam Chomsky

“The current political-economic system is a form of plutocracy.” No 1563 Posted by fw, January 12, 2016 “During the Q&A period after Noam Chomsky gave a lecture at 1199 SEIU … Continue reading

January 12, 2016

How capitalism creates an extraordinarily corrupt and extraordinarily undemocratic political economy

We have raging stagnation, monopoly, inequality – That’s real world capitalism, a complete full frontal assault on democracy. No 1562 Posted by fw, January 11, 2016 “…when you have a … Continue reading

January 11, 2016

“Leap Manifesto”, a compelling, positive vision for Canada’s climate and economy

“Manifesto madness” warns Canada’s corporate mouthpiece, the Globe and Mail No 1453 Posted by fw, September 18, 2015 “It lays out a vision – bolder than anything on offer from political … Continue reading

September 18, 2015

No time for small steps — We need to “leap” to the next economy, says Naomi Klein

Klein proposes a series interlocking policies to make the transformative leap. No 1448 Posted by fw, September 11, 2015 “I’ve been in rooms filled with incredible activists including here in Australia … Continue reading

September 11, 2015

Standing ovation for Naomi Klein’s tour de force presentation in Australia — VIDEO

An hour of no holds barred, gut-wrenching, impolite truth-telling. No 1446 Posted by fw, September 10, 2015 “The task is clear: to create a culture of care-taking, in which no one … Continue reading

September 10, 2015

Proposed new models of capitalism actually inhibit real system change and strengthen the status quo

So-called solutions “burnish the meritocratic façade of corporate America while encouraging people to blame themselves for their failure”. No 1428 Posted by fw, August 18, 2015 “A growing number of people … Continue reading

August 18, 2015

Is climate movement in denial? — Renewables cannot sustain our Western growth-based consumer lifestyles

Alternative growth in the South requires degrowth in the North No 1351 Posted by fw, May 30, 2015 “To be able to successfully develop a different type of growth, the … Continue reading

May 30, 2015

How Apple makes billions by stealing ideas, evading taxes, exploiting workers, ripping off customers and taxpayers

To add insult to injury, Apple spends untaxed money on stock buybacks that benefit company executives and investors No 1342 Posted by fw, May 19, 2015 “In her revealing book, The … Continue reading

May 19, 2015

Alberta’s NDP victory contributes to delusion that elections can transform capitalism into just, sustainable society

NDP Premier Rachel Notley supports Energy East and may provide the oil industry, and the rest of the world, with a friendlier fossil-fuel face No 1334 Posted by fw, May … Continue reading

May 14, 2015

Denmark’s promotion of a cost-free, business-as-usual switch to renewables is delusional

To date, increased efficiency in energy use hasn’t reduced carbon emissions No 1330 Posted by fw, May 10, 2015 “When we look past the cheerleading for a bright renewable future, … Continue reading

May 10, 2015

What neoliberal capitalists don’t want you to know about how they rule the world

Noam Chomsky explains how we’re all being deceived and what we can do about it No 1326 Posted by fw, May 7, 2015 Neoliberalism is the defining political economic paradigm … Continue reading

May 7, 2015

Global crisis of capitalism raises specter of 21st century fascism, says US prof

“The only viable solution to the crisis…is a massive redistribution of wealth and power downward” No 1322 Posted by fw, April 30, 2015 The world capitalist system is arguably experiencing … Continue reading

April 30, 2015

Will Bolivia’s Evo Morales chart an exit from his Capitalist Bridge to the promised land of Socialism?

Or will a cabal of oligarchs conspire to block all exits from the Bridge? No 1319 Posted by fw, April 26, 2015 “The small Andean nation of Bolivia sits at … Continue reading

April 26, 2015

Modern capitalism’s death spiral

Capitalism, as a social order and way of life, is in critical condition — To find out why, read this essay No 1314 Posted by fw, April 20, 2015 “In … Continue reading

April 20, 2015