Breaking with the Defunct Idea of Development: Re-embedding the economy in people and the biosphere,

By Daniel McCurdy, Alliance for Global Justice. October 3, 2020 | CREATE! A longer version of this article was included in the book “The Revolution Won’t Be Stopped: Nicaragua Advances Despite US Unconventional Warfare” published by the AfGJ. Go to p. 123. One of the particularities of tourism in Nicaragua is its democratization. Since the Sandinista government won elections in 2006 and came to power …

Just being outside is healthy! Scientists Discover a Major Lasting Benefit of Growing Up Outside the City: The childhood experience of green space can actually predict mental health in later life

Using data from 3,585 people collected across four cities in Europe, scientists from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (also called IS Global) report a strong relationship between growing up away from the natural world and mental health in adulthood. Overall, they found a strong correlation between low exposure to nature during childhood and higher levels of of nervousness and …

Excerpts from Endgame

Derrick Jensen is a force for the common good. His books are mandatory reading in the study of culture and social change. Derrick Jensen is a contemporary philosopher with his feet firmly on the ground.”—Terry Tempest Williams, author of The Open Space of Democracy Hailed as the philosopher poet of the ecological movement, best-selling author Derrick Jensen returns with a passionate …

Henry A. Giroux’s book “The Terror of the Unforeseen”: to defeat fascism we must dismantle capitalism

By Christian Fuchs, Truthdig.com August 24, 2019 | STRATEGIZE! “The Terror of the Unforeseen” A book by Henry A. Giroux Henry A. Giroux’s book “The Terror of the Unforeseen” analyzes the conditions that have enabled and led to Donald Trump’s rule and the consequences of that rule, which have ushered in an authoritarian version of capitalism. Giroux provides a realistic analysis that holds …

We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement, by Ryan Grim. Also US History in 10 Movements.

Loc: 650 Democrats, even as they became the party of “acid, abortion and amnesty,”31 still nearly won the 1968 presidential election, such was the support for the party’s creation of a robust welfare state. Loc: 680 As we look across history for examples of Democrats losing elections as the result of an unwillingness to stand behind a set of values, …

The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, and Capitalism in 17th Century North America and the Caribbean by Gerald Horne

Kindle location 35: From the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries nearly 13 million Africans were brutally snatched from their homelands, enslaved, and forced to toil for the greater good of European and Euro-American powers, London not least. Roughly two to four million Native Americans also were enslaved and traded by European settlers in the Americas, English and Scots not least. …

The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change, by Gleb Raygorodetsky

Loc: 74 Indigenous or traditional knowledge is the wisdom and know-how accumulated from the past to the present, which guide a wide array of human societies in their interaction with their environment. Loc: 79. Their worldviews, values, cultures, and spirituality are intricately linked with the ways they relate to the environment, and with their past, present, and future, the living …

Capitalism: A Conversation in Critical Theory, by Nancy Fraser and Rahel Jaeggi

Kindle Location (Loc) 272: Chapters 1 and 2 ended up focusing largely on Nancy Fraser’s “expanded” view of capitalism as “an institutionalized social order” that harbors multiple crisis tendencies. Loc: 312. Not since the interwar period have people in Western societies felt themselves so exposed to the instability and unpredictability of our economic and social order – a sense of …

Higlights from “Let’s Talk About Race”

Location: 74.  It was the clerks who would follow me around stores and the jobs that were hiring until I walked in the door and then they were not. And it was the bosses who told me that I was too “loud,” the complaints that my hair was too “ethnic” for the office, and why, even though I was a …