And even more importantly: what can we do to fix the problem? I've just discovered the journalist Andre Vltchek, who agonizes a great deal about this question. And furthermore, he would certainly agree that both the elite and the Western masses are equally responsible. Here are some choice quotes. https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/04/14/only-rational-thinking-will-save-the-world/ Scenario ONE: Imagine that you are on board a ship, which is slowly sinking. There is no land in sight, and your radio transmitter is not functioning properly. There are several people on board and you care for them, deeply. You don’t want this to be the end of ‘everything’. What do you do? A) You fix for yourself a nice portion of fried rice with prawns B) You turn on the TV set, which is still somehow miraculously working, and watch the news about the future Scottish referendum or on BREXIT C) You jump into the water immediately, try to identify the damage, and then attempt to do something unthinkable with your simple tools and capabilities: to save the ship Imagine another scenario: SCENARIO TWO: By mistake, your wife eats two full tubes of sleeping pills, supposedly confusing them with a new line of candies. As you find her on the floor, she appears to be unconscious and her face looks rather bluish. What would your course of action be? A) After you realize that her high heels do not match the color of her pantyhose, you run to the closet in search of a much better pair of shoes to achieve the balance B) You carry her without delay to the bathroom, pump out her stomach, and try to resuscitate her while calling the ambulance using the speakerphone function C) You recall how you first met, get nostalgic, and rush to your living room library in order to find a book of love sonnets by Pablo Neruda, which you then recite to her kneeling on the carpet Now brace yourself for a great surprise. Unless you choose C) for scenario one, and B) for scenario two, you can actually consider yourself absolutely “normal” by most North American and European standards. However, if you opt for C) or B) respectively, you could easily pass off for an extremist, a radical and ideological left-wing fanatic. OK, so it's time for a true confession. I often feel that operating this website is a gesture along the lines of option (C) in Scenario Two. Not that we don't mean well, but we haven't achieved all we set out to do, and we haven't attracted much of an audience. I like to think of myself as someone who would take effective action, but I have to admit it's not happening so far.