A very good article that captures the sense of paralysis many feel in the face of the current juggernaut of conventional power structures and their exercise of control.
Some additional resources in understanding what’s going on and the world’s tipping downward are Joseph Tainter’s anthropological study, “The Collapse of Complex Societies” (1988) and Jared Diamond’s “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed” (2011), dealing principally with the limits and dangers of unsustainable economic growth, shrinking natural resources, and unlimited technological “advances.”
Then there’s Chris Hedges’ “America: The Farewell Tour” (2018) portraying a death spiral of decline and decay, our civilization, infrastructure, cities, public institutions, values, democracy, and civil liberties destroyed by free market capitalist expansion, white supremacy, oligarchic elites, and American exceptionalism run amok.
Greg Grandin’s “The End of the Myth” (2018) portrays a new America, a nation in which a “critical, resilient and progressive citizenry” has been subjugated to open-ended wars, nihilism, fear of change and factionalism. Grandin predicts future American generations will face a choice between “barbarism and . . . at least social democracy.”
As suggested, worldwide local community resilience and sustainability seems the only way to go, as set forth in the “Post Carbon Reader” published by the Post Carbon Institute (Richard Heinberg & Daniel Lerch, Ed.) (2010), with a worldwide perspective and chapters on climate, water, biodiversity, food, population, culture and behavior, energy, economy, cities, towns and suburbs, transportation, waste, health, education and building residence. 9 years has not diminished, but rather solidified, the accuracy of the predictions and conclusions reached by the writers.
On the psychology of “us” versus “others”, “Man and his Symbols” (1964), edited by the Swiss psychologist, Carl G. Jung, illustrates that when the shadow (the dark side of the ego-personality in all humans) appears, many of us deny in ourselves what we can nevertheless see plainly in those different from us. So, rather than integrating our dark sides, as constructively and creatively as possible, we project them onto others, like perceived political, ethnic, racial and religious foes. How man’s consciousness can be raised to deal with this challenge is a fascinating conundrum.