It’s a poor reflection on the state of our civic culture that George Monbiot stands almost alone among journalists in the mainstream British media as a voice for the radical green left.
Consumerist ideology treats society as a collection of individuals, each seeking to maximise their private consumption.
Given that the overall objective of this economic system is not the fulfilment of needs or the promotion of individual flourishing but the endless accumulation of capital, a school system that feeds this machine can neither be centred on children’s learning needs, nor on the development of their personalities.
Democracy presupposes a citizenry capable of thinking for themselves rather than being misled by propaganda.
The European election results were another shockwave rolling out from the 2008 financial crisis. They suggest the crisis has some way to go.
The United States is not really a democracy. That’s the (simplified) conclusion of a recent study from Princeton University.
Last Friday, I posted an exclusive report about a new NASA-backed scientific research project at the US National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (Sesync) to model the risks of civilisational collapse, based on analysis of the key factors involved in the rise and fall of past civilisations.
Leo Panitch speaks to Peter Newell and Sam Knafo about his book The Making of Global Capitalism – and what it means for strategy and action aimed at ‘un-making’ capitalism
Scrolling through the website of the World Economic Forum – convening this week in Davos, Switzerland – one might confuse the premier platform for global capital with a savvy and hip think tank, or perhaps a philanthropic aid and development charity. The content is carefully curated to sedate and comfort.
Lost in a make believe world while we destroy the real one.
Everything pulses, and pulses maximize the flow of power in systems. I pulsed in a big way this year.
Because of both forces—attacks pushing the university to the right, and faculty complacency—there’s not enough genuine critical thinking going on at UT, at a time in the world when multiple cascading crises—economic and ecological—demand a critical thinking that is tougher than ever.