Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Joanna Macy: Hope Is a Radical Openness To What Can Be


Hope is an openness to the future that arises out of our evolutionary history. Hope is an impulse in the evolution of humanity. We continually die and live and die into forms that are ever more complex, with greater capacities for sensitivity, intelligence and responsiveness. The story of biological organic life on Earth is this movement toward ever-greater responsiveness on the part of living systems. This is the thrust of living systems. Hope is not hope for any particular thing, or an attachment to an outcome you desire. It's an openness toward what you don't even have the capacity to think yet because you're still in the present. Hope is a radical openness to what can be. It is a posture that leaves us flexible and adaptable and alive.

- Joanna Macy

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Bill McKibben: Incredible People Worldwide Who Are Filled With Love


In fact, corporations are the infants of our society - they know very little except how to grow (though they're very good at that), and they howl when you set limits. Socializing them is the work of politics. It's about time we took it up again.

The movers and shakers on our planet, aren't the billionaires and generals, they are the incredible numbers of people around the world filled with love for neighbor and for the earth who are resisting, remaking, restoring, renewing and revitalising.

- Bill McKibben
 

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship: Trump, His Virus and the Dark Age of Unreason

A powerful, well articulated, illuminating, and deeply important article. ~ Molly
 
Joseph McCarthy and Donald Trump (Photos by Getty Images and by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)
He's the latest in a long line of American demagogues but has come closest
to the White House. That makes him the most dangerous of them all.

There’s a virus infecting our politics and right now it’s flourishing with a scarlet heat. It feeds on fear, paranoia and bigotry. All that was required for it to spread was a timely opportunity — and an opportunist with no scruples.
There have been stretches of history when this virus lay dormant. Sometimes it would flare up here and there, then fade away after a brief but fierce burst of fever. At other moments, it has spread with the speed of a firestorm, a pandemic consuming everything in its path, sucking away the oxygen of democracy and freedom.
Today its carrier is Donald Trump, but others came before him: narcissistic demagogues who lie and distort in pursuit of power and self-promotion. Bullies all, swaggering across the landscape with fistfuls of false promises, smears, innuendo and hatred for others, spite and spittle for anyone of a different race, faith, gender or nationality.
In America, the virus has taken many forms: “Pitchfork Ben” Tillman, the South Carolina governor and senator who led vigilante terror attacks with a gang called the Red Shirts and praised the efficiency of lynch mobs; radio’s charismatic Father Charles Coughlin, the anti-Semitic, pro-Fascist Catholic priest who reached an audience of up to 30 million with his attacks on Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal; Mississippi’s Theodore Bilbo, a member of the Ku Klux Klan who vilified ethnic minorities and deplored the “mongrelization” of the white race; Louisiana’s corrupt and dictatorial Huey Long, who promised to make “Every Man a King.” And of course, George Wallace, the governor of Alabama and four-time presidential candidate who vowed, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”
Note that many of these men leavened their gospel of hate and their lust for power with populism — giving the people hospitals, schools and highways. Father Coughlin spoke up for organized labor. Both he and Huey Long campaigned for the redistribution of wealth. Tillman even sponsored the first national campaign-finance reform law, the Tillman Act, in 1907, banning corporate contributions to federal candidates.
But their populism was tinged with poison — a pernicious nativism that called for building walls to keep out people and ideas they didn’t like.
Which brings us back to Trump and the hotheaded, ego-swollen provocateur he most resembles: Joseph McCarthy, US senator from Wisconsin — until now perhaps our most destructive demagogue. In the 1950s, this madman terrorized and divided the nation with false or grossly exaggerated tales of treason and subversion — stirring the witches’ brew of anti-Communist hysteria with lies and manufactured accusations that ruined innocent people and their families. “I have here in my hand a list,” he would claim — a list of supposed Reds in the State Department or the military. No one knew whose names were there, nor would he say, but it was enough to shatter lives and careers.

Trump Rejects Dangers Of Climate Change, Sanders Says: DNC-2016 Fact Check

Thank you, Bernie, for once again illuminating the truth!
Trump's denial of climate change makes him a profound threat, not just to our nation, but to the world if he were to be in a position of great power. And because I can see through someone who has Narcissistic Personality Disorder in spades, it is clear for me to see his projection - which narcissists do endlessly - of those who stand against the fossil fuel industry and for a fierce and rapid transition to renewables as being about a "money-making industry." He is the profoundly greedy and disturbed neofascist who would take us all down in the blink of an eye if it made him more money. And his chronic self-interest and lack of intellectual curiosity and mind-numbing ignorance dooms him to not even see all the incredible benefits - including jobs! - by making the development of renewables a priority.
I am also flashing on Trump's talk about how he is the one who will get us off a suicidal path. We just have to elect him. However, his belief regarding suicidal actions and belief systems as being outside of himself is yet another projection. He is the one who is immersed in a suicidal path, including the tragic disconnect from his own heart and therefore the hearts of others. Which is the hell that narcissists live in, this complete oblivious lack of connection. The false self he has built up over his lifetime holds the belief that addictively and endlessly building wealth is what makes someone rich.
What I know is that living in connection with one's heart and with consciousness of the Sacred is worth more than all the money in the world. Our true wealth comes from loving one another. And working together to heal ourselves and our world. For the children. For all the children and all the children of all the species of all time to come. That is what makes us rich. Bless us all. ~ Molly
Bernie Sanders, during his Monday night speech at the Democratic National Convention, said Donald Trump believes climate change is a hoax and global efforts to end it should be abandoned. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Headline: Trump rejects science that supports the dangers of climate change
Exerpt: Bernie Sanders' statement that Donald Trump believes climate change is a "hoax" is True.
During his speech Monday night, Sanders said, "This election is about climate change, the greatest environmental crisis facing our planet." He said Hillary Clinton is listening to the scientists who warn that, without changes in our energy system, there will be more drought, floods, acidification of the oceans, and rising sea levels.
Trump, on the other hand, "chooses to reject science," Sanders said. "He believes that climate change is a hoax, no need to address it."
A review of Trump speeches and tweets confirms this claim, according to a Politifactinvestigation. On Dec. 30, 2015, Trump said, "Obama's talking about all of this with the global warming and ... a lot of it's a hoax. It's a hoax. I mean, it's a money-making industry, okay? It's a hoax, a lot of it."
In a speech May 26 this year, Trump attacked "draconian climate rules," and advocated rescinding "all the job-destroying Obama executive actions, including the Climate Action Plan," and said he would "cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs."
Trump's disdain for climate change is reflected in the GOP's 2016 Platform, which reads, in part:
"The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a political mechanism, not an unbiased scientific institution. Its unreliability is reflected in its intolerance toward scientists and others who dissent from its orthodoxy. ... We reject the agendas of both the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, which represent only the personal commitments of their signatories; no such agreement can be binding upon the United States until it is submitted to and ratified by the Senate."
The Platform concludes: "We firmly believe environmental problems are best solved by giving incentives for human ingenuity and the development of new technologies, not through top-down, command-and-control regulations that stifle economic growth and cost thousands of jobs."