“I’d love to be wrong about near-term human extinction, not to mention habitat loss for the many non-human species this culture gleefully drives to extinction. I’d love to believe the Sixth Mass Extinction is a myth. But I know better.”  

Dr. Guy McPherson

In 1987, R.E.M. recorded "It's the End of the World As We Know It and I Feel Fine", a tune not quite so flip as its title at first suggests. Certainly the world's Converging CrisesTM first widely discussed during the 60s and 70s had receded during Reagan's "morning in America" and Thatcher's orchestrated regression. Yet, many were still in a rebellious mood, warning that all was - increasingly - not well. (See my review of Friendly Fascism, 1980)  At that point in time, we might still have been able to do something. More likely our last chance was '65-'75. But, the Clinton and Bush eras changed all that, refocusing, recalibrating and lobotomizing most of the US and the world. (The parts they didn't outright destroy.) Though we must never stop resisting, the Sixth Extinction is well underway, and at unprecedented speed. (And, here.)

1980, South End Press 0871313170   387 pages

          Bertram Gross
I first read Friendly Fascism during, ironically, 1984.  Shortly after reading it, I visited Gross at his home to talk about the book and learn how more might be done than what he offers in his final chapter, “What Can You Do?”  Thirty-two years later I remember little of our actual conversation, only that I’m sure I took it to heart, adding politics to my voracious reading and study habits. My most lasting impression of the afternoon is the generosity shown by both him and his wife with their time, thoughts and tea.

Warnings of and comparisons with fascism have become increasingly common over the past decade since books like Naomi Wolf's The End of America:  Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot (2007) listing ten steps toward a closed, fascist society, and documentaries like Aaron Russo's 2006 film America: Freedom to Fascism.  Internet articles frequently use the term to describe current conditions, and I have often referered to and recommended Gross' book.  The time had come to reread.

Oh, crap

Take a deep breath. Relax. Stop worrying. We’re off the hook.

It’s too late.  

We had our chance. But, we were busy.     

Busy…. Being (not doing) the change.

Busy....Being nonviolent in a free speech zone or on a designated route for a preplanned protest march with sign and tee shirt purchased from an oligarchy-funded NGO.

Busy...Being positive

Busy....Signing online petitions (from NGOs).

Busy… Following your bliss.

Busy... Speaking your truth - to power or whomever.

My dad used to joke:

“Are you spelling that with a ‘b’ or a ‘d’?”           

economic hit man

NOTE:  I wrote this in 2011 for a small business class I was teaching. The prediction I make a the end is more apparent today. The article is an (obvious) extrapolation from John Perkins'  Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, Berrett-Koehler (2004), which I highly recommend along with Perkins' other books. Perkins narrates a 2-minute cartoon version of his work here.

Basically, the Global Corporate Elites (GCEs), in the form of the IMF or the WTO, send a privately contracted Economic Hit Man (EHM) into a country which is living just fine, thank you very much (TYVM), albeit living as it has lived for hundreds if not thousands of years.

desert walker

NOTE:  I originally wrote this in 2009 after receiving a Kermit book from a dear friend. I no longer agree with the final sentence I wrote then.

"Life's like a movie, write your own ending
Keep believing, keep pretending
We've done just what we set out to do
Thanks to the lovers, the dreamers, and you."

                   ~ Jim Henson, The Muppet Movie

A friend sent me the book, It's Not Easy Being Green. Of course she intended the double entendre. It's not easy living "green" and trying to convince others to help save the planet before it's too late.