Citizen Action Monitor

With stirring words, Patrick Lawrence lifts the curtain on the tragic decline of American democracy

The American people can ignore the call for action, but to their great cost, says Lawrence. — No 2776 by fw, September 8, 2021 — “The generation of ’68, les … Continue reading

September 8, 2021

Bearing witness to the evidence of despair and decay in the United States, by Chris Hedges

Author, activist, dissident, Hedges examines the cultural and social forces that have given rise to extremism in America. — No 2674 Posted by fw, October 25, 2020 — Author, activist … Continue reading

October 25, 2020

Dopamine isn’t “bad”; it’s our culture’s high-stimulation temptations that we must be wary of

The problem is a glut of our culture’s trivial pursuits have the potential to overwhelm life-enriching ventures and harm the environment. No 2507 Posted by fw, August 18, 2019 To … Continue reading

August 18, 2019

A decade ago George Carlin hilariously ridiculed “The American Dream”

Today it’s comedian Lee Camp’s turn with a sobering take on America’s 8 most important Myths. No 2337 Posted by fw, July 26, 2018 “No society should function with this … Continue reading

July 26, 2018

Addictive consumption has not brought happy, fulfilling lives for most Americans– Nate Hagens (40)

What’s missing from this smorgasbord of stuff is a feeling of community and a true sense of purpose. No 2322 Posted by fw, June 30, 2018 To access links to … Continue reading

June 30, 2018

Individual humans may not be evil, but our actions en masse can have evil outcomes – Nate Hagens (36)

Given different cultural and environmental cues, our reduced consumption will be good for the planet. No 2318 Posted by fw, June 27, 2018 To access links to all other posts … Continue reading

June 27, 2018

Our documented ‘rights’ may no longer reflect what is ‘right’ – Nate Hagens (35)

“The continuum between rights and right – what is right – is open for discussion,” says Hagens. No 2317 Posted by fw, June 27, 2018 To access links to all … Continue reading

June 27, 2018

What’s good for the environment is likely to be bad for the economy – Nate Hagens (34)

Conversely, what’s good for the economy is likely to be bad for the environment. No 2317 Posted by fw, June 26, 2018 To access links to all other posts in … Continue reading

June 26, 2018

Left vs Right waste time and energy in angry disputes over what they disagree on – Nate Hagens (33)

Will we one day soon appreciate, and hopefully engage with, the issues that most of us agree on? No 2316 Posted by fw, June 26, 2018 To access links to … Continue reading

June 26, 2018

Formidable cultural, behavioral and systemic barriers are preventing CO2 reductions – Nate Hagens (32)

A lot of things that activists say “We should do” are not grounded in the reality of individual and group behavior. No 2315 Posted by fw, June 25, 2018 To … Continue reading

June 25, 2018

A full and honest accounting of the severity of our predicament will never be popular — Nate Hagens (31)

We would much rather be entertained with fantasy stories, promised technological quick fixes, or misled by fake news of contrived solutions. No 2314 Posted by fw, June 25, 2018 To … Continue reading

June 25, 2018

Our Education system is becoming less relevant for the future we are facing – Nate Hagens (30)

Less specialization and more systemic understanding should be the order of the day. No 2313 Posted by fw, June 24, 2018 To access links to all other posts in this … Continue reading

June 24, 2018

American culture is far too focused on intelligence and cleverness and not wisdom – Nate Hagens (29)

We reward expertise in brainy problem-solving, but neglect the benefit of intelligence and wisdom working synergistically. No 2312 Posted by fw, June 23, 2018 To access links to all other … Continue reading

June 23, 2018

Humans keep fighting wars to resolve conflicts – War vs Peace must be on our agenda – Nate Hagens (27)

How can the US justify more military spending, when, in a peaceful world, it could be so much more wisely spent? No 2310 Posted by fw, June 22, 2018 To … Continue reading

June 22, 2018

Today’s American culture translates what people once cared about into dollars – Nate Hagens (26)

“Our culture has a serious problem,” says Hagens, “we’ve lost some of our humanity.” No 2309 Posted by fw, June 21, 2018 To access links to all other posts in … Continue reading

June 21, 2018

Carlin strikes again: “America is one big lie and you are a fool for believing in it.” VIDEO

“Bullshit is the glue that binds us as a nation.” No 1995 Posted by fw, June 29, 2017 CAUTION: This video may offend some people. George Carlin is famously known for … Continue reading

June 29, 2017

“The idiots take over in the final days of crumbling civilizations.” – Chris Hedges

“Trump is the king of the idiots. We are his victims.” No 1950 Posted by fw, May 3, 2017 Instead of my usual opening passage, excerpted from a selected article, today … Continue reading

May 3, 2017

The ghastly reality of America

“Another lonely man dies of exposure while the world around him shops.” No 1865 Posted by fw, January 9, 2017 “The man died like a baby alone, the cradle of his … Continue reading

January 9, 2017

Black American seeks asylum in Canada, finds life in US too dangerous

“The United States has always been a terrible country to live in. I have no intention of going back,” says Kyle Canty No 1508 Posted by fw, November 12, 2015 … Continue reading

November 12, 2015