Citizen Action Monitor

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

Naomi Klein rightly blames capitalism for climate change, but doesn’t go far enough

Canadian prof’s brilliant review pinpoints some omissions, adds considerable intellectual value of his own No 1231 Posted by fw, January 15, 2015 “Klein doesn’t supply us with an alternate strategic … Continue reading

January 15, 2015

Rob Hopkins heaps praise on Klein’s new book, but wonders why it left him feeling “underwhelmed”

Rob found Klein’s This Changes Everything “heavy on the numbing information”, absence of alternatives to capitalism No 1196 Posted by fw, November 21, 2014 “…living in ‘a world teeming with … Continue reading

November 21, 2014

Haven’t read Klein’s book? Not to worry — Watch Klein summarize key parts in 45–minute talk — VIDEO

This video offers an excellent summary of Klein’s main ideas. Better yet, they’re delivered by the author herself No 1166 Posted by fw, October 15, 2014 Naomi Klein – Author, … Continue reading

October 15, 2014

The year is circa 2393. A historian narrator living in China recounts the events that led to the Great Collapse of Western Civilization

Such is the premise of a fascinating new book — The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future No 1155 Posted by fw, September 30, 2014 This post … Continue reading

September 30, 2014

Our failing capitalist system presents us with a rare opportunity to save the climate, says Klein in her new book

But – and it’s a big but — “It’s really hard to pry apart the capitalism that we have from the idea of endless growth” No 1148 Posted by fw, … Continue reading

September 17, 2014

It’s capitalism, stupid, not fossil fuels, that is root cause of climate change, says Naomi Klein in new book

“This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate” argues threat of climate change demands immediate action No 1137 Posted by fw, September 4, 2014 Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything, … Continue reading

September 4, 2014