The era of fossil fuels and combustion engines is quickly coming to an end

A decade after Drake’s Well struck oil in Pennsylvania, a gasoline-powered internal combustion engine was attached to a pushcart. It wasn’t long before the automobile was born. By 1900, about 4,000 cars lumbered down the dirt roads of the United States. By 1913, Model T Fords were falling off assembly lines. War pushed the new technology further into the future. …

What white grievance are Dems supposed to address? Our problems have been generated by feeding inequality for decades and centuries.

Yes Magazine, Jan 2021. See The Spirit Level. Pickett & Wilkinson. During Obama’s presidency and the lead-up to Trump white Americans gained about 4 million jobs and more than $5,000 in real (inflation-adjusted) median family income from 2010 to 2017—much more than Black, Latinx, and Native Americans gained. Economic improvement was especially strong in the upper Midwest, which is 80% White. …

Powell Memorandum: Call to Arms for Corporations + Admission that War On Drugs Was to Target Black People and War Protesters

Also TOP ADVISER TO NIXON ADMITTED ‘WAR ON DRUGS’ WAS POLICY TOOL TO GO AFTER ANTI-WAR PROTESTERS AND ‘BLACK PEOPLE’ https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ex-nixon-aide-war-drugs-claims-article-1.2574918 “If this was indeed true, it would have been the Nixon-Ehrlichman private agenda. I can’t believe (Nixon administration official Egil) Bud Krogh would run the program with that agenda knowingly.” Dean said he never heard Nixon or Ehrlichman speak …

Butchering the Mythic West

Manifest destiny, the concept coined by newspaper editor John O’Sullivan, a proponent of annexing Texas, called on early American citizens and settlers to claim their right to land from coast to coast. As a doctrine, it depended on the notions that white Americans were morally superior, that these white Americans had a mission to spread our institutions as far across …

10 Things You Should Know About Socialism

Richard Wolfe, 2020, Yes Magazine. Capitalism replaced slaves and serfs with employees, masters and lords with employers. It is no historical surprise that employees would end up yearning and fighting for something better. That something better is socialism, a system that doesn’t divide people, but rather makes work a democratic process where all employees have an equal say and together …

How to reconnect urban and rural America. Also, education…

A Marshall Plan for Rural America, local journalism and local recovery, Launch a new development corporation, to invest in local vision and leadership through long-term block grants at the community level and innovative financing tools that give communities a fighting chance to strengthen and renew their local institutions, economies, and vision. Create a national rural strategy, elevate White House and interagency leadership, and undertake a set of specific and targeted …

Long history: fundamental problems are a bloated elite class, with too few elite jobs to go around; declining living standards among the general population, and a government that can’t cover its financial positions

“There is a very close correlation between adopting democratic institutions and having to fight a war for survival” Nov 2020, The Atlantic, Interview with Peter Turchin, excerpt From the June 2020 issue: We are living in a failed state The year 2020 has been kind to Turchin, for many of the same reasons it has been hell for the rest …

A Crime to Want Something Different: US countering democratic and reformist changes processes in 22 countries with leftist extermination

The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade & The Mass Murder Program That Shaped Our World (2020) Vincent Bevins: The Jakarta Method is rounding up and killing huge numbers of unarmed leftists, in the service of establishing a specific type of social order. By eliminating these people, this potential opposition, you clear the way for authoritarian capitalism at home and the creation …

Reality is a Commons

Our greater understanding of the Earth as alive and interconnected At the beginning of 2020, David Bollier published a blog post on “The rise of a New Animism” (read it here). Recognising the historical problems of animism as a Western-centric concept, Bollier suggests that ‘New Animism’ which “sees the experience of life as a dynamic conversation among the creatures and natural systems of …