Articles about The Big Picture
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Let Them Eat Privilege
Focusing on privilege diverts attention away from the real villains.
Against Charity
Rather than creating an individualized “culture of giving,” we should be challenging capitalism’s institutionalized taking.
Just World Hypothesis and the Perpetuation of Victim-Blaming
Victim-blaming is rife in today’s world. Claiming benefits? You’re called a scrounger. Fleeing war? You’ll be criticised forspoiling someone’s holiday. Suffer from mental...
The Story of Sama: How I Woke Up
No Longer Powerless tells the stories of women fighting for a better world. Read their stories. Share your stories. Stand up and be counted. This is the story of Sama. 
My Outrage Is Better Than Your Outrage
Even when a dentist kills an adored lion, and everyone is furious, there’s loftier righteousness to be had.
Beyond Extinction - Transition to Post-Capitalism is Inevitable
In Margaret Atwood’s powerful essay [It’s Not Climate Change — It’s Everything Change] on the reality of climate change — and its implications for the future of oil-dependent...
Addiction, Climate Change, and the Psychology of Recovery
How does addiction relate to our relationship to the living world?
Good News for the Anthropocene
The best news for a good Anthropocene is that the human brain is a master at learning and relearning and that “rewiring” takes place all the time. Until old age, learning...
Small Loans, Big Problems: The False Promise of Microfinance
Ever since Bill Clinton and the World Bank enthusiastically embraced the microfinance concept in the 1990s, we at Local Futures have been skeptical of its benefits, seeing it...
The Global Economy's "Impeccable Logic"
Ever since the Occupy movement coined the terms “the 1%” and “the 99%” to point out disparities of wealth and power, the gap between rich and poor has received a lot of...
On Brink of 'Sixth Great Extinction,' Humanity Must Conserve or Die
It's official: the planet is entering a "sixth great extinction" that even the most conservative estimates show is killing off species at rates far higher than the previous...
Best Evidence Yet Supports We Are Undergoing a Mass Extinction
The latest evidence shows with a high degree of confidence that we are currently undergoing Earth’s 6th Mass Extinction Event. Do a Google search on earth’s most massive...
Of Mindfulness, Meditation and Other Aliases
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~Jiddu Krishnamurti
6 Destructive Ideas Perpetuated in Western Culture
Since the day you emerged into this bizarre, sparkling universe, you’ve been conditioned to think in certain ways.
How to Overthrow the Illuminati
This pamphlet gives an excellent analysis and debunking of conspiracy theories and proposes a practical alternative for poor, black and working class people for emancipation.
A Democratic Socialist Manifesto
A movement is taking over America - the movement against inequality.
Breaking News: Earth Is Not an Exclusive Habitat for Homo Sapiens
The Top 100 Documentaries We Can Use To Change The World
A more beautiful, just and sustainable world is possible. Take this library and use it to inspire global change!
Our Addiction to Control Is Enslaving Us
Is there a belief about the Universe or about ourselves that causes all of the conflict in the world?
This Is The True Size Of Africa
  How large is Africa compared to the United States, or Western Europe? Most inhabitants of the latter places might guess it is a little larger, but few would have any idea of...
10 Shocking Facts About Society That We Absurdly Accept As Normal
When you take a moment and look around at the world, things can appear pretty messed up. Take 5 or 10 minutes and watch the 6 o’clock news. Chances are, the entire time, all...
The American Spring: United Against Inequality
We don’t have to pick sides in this movement. We are all on the same side. We are all on the side of justice.
Dynasty
I was born in 1980. I’ve lived my entire life under the Bush-Clinton dynasties. From 1981 to 2013, a total of thirty-two uninterrupted years, the Bush-Clinton families either...
4 Inspirational Transition Stories for Becoming a Global Eco-Civilization
The most difficult challenge facing humanity is not devising solutions to the energy crisis or climate crisis or population crisis; rather, it is bringing stories or narratives...
Bernie's Gonna Win This Thing
Forget the media. Forget the essay. Forget O’Malley. Forget Inevita-Billary (Inevita-Billary: the peculiar condition that repeatedly causes millions of people to falsely...
Bernie Sanders: Raging Against the Dying of the Light
Maybe all this campaign talk about a Political Revolution will fade away. Maybe all the people buried under mountains of student loan debt, with no prospect for a rising...
Get Ready: Protesters Vow to 'Flood the System' for Climate and Planetary Justice
From the tar sands of Alberta to the Port of Seattle to the communities in the blast zone of oil trains, organizers across North America are calling for a "wave of...
What They're Really Saying When They Say Bernie Sanders Won't Win
Media pundits, when they declare that Bernie won’t win, want us to believe that our history has been foreordained. The pundits, it seems, have been granted supernatural powers...
Occupy The White House
The Revolution   Bernie Sanders is a socialist in the US Senate, the most deliberative, prestigious body of government in a nation that is at the helm of a global capitalist...
Ecocide: The Psychology of Environmental Destruction
Recent scientific reports about climate change make grim reading. A paper published in The Economic Journal by the respected UK economist Lord Stern states that the models...
How Values Work
Following decades of research and hundreds of cross-cultural studies, psychologists have identified a number of consistently-occurring human values. Early researchers into...
What If Our Theories Are Horribly Wrong?
Miasma Theory was universally held and horribly wrong. What else might we be wrong about? In 19th century London, everyone was certain that bad air caused disease. From...
The Oceans Are Not Worth $24 trillion
Some things are beyond measure and beyond price. No amount of money is enough to compensate for the loss of the sacred. In case you were wondering whether the oceans are worth...
Deep Anger: We need to rediscover something we lost along the way
In a better world, there’d be no reason to write this. In that world, plastic bags would be outlawed, rednecks would voluntarily stop driving those obnoxious Ford F-350s and...
Patriarchy Is Killing Our Planet
The global epidemic of violence against women and their systematic exclusion from the power structures that rule us are integral to man's violent exploitation of Earth and her...
The Economics of Climate Change
Shifting away from an emphasis on global economic growth toward local economies provides a means to increase meaningful employment, shrink the gap between rich and poor, and...
Big Picture Activism
Despite the countless grassroots projects already under way, the global economic juggernaut can seem too powerful to stop. But because more and more of us are becoming aware of...
Revolution without Upheaval: A Manual Of Change
When we talk about saving the world, what world are we talking about? Not the globe itself, obviously. But also not the biological world—the world of life. The world of life...
The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution
PRINCETON, N.J.—Tariq Ali is part of the royalty of the left. His more than 20 books on politics and history, his seven novels, his screenplays and plays and his journalism...
When the Grandmothers Awoke
Becoming a global family, one that unites ancient indigenous wisdom with other faith and cultural traditions, is essential if humanity is to overcome the crises of climate...
Why the Rise of Fascism Is Again the Issue
The US government has repeatedly lied to the public in order to wage war abroad, and control other nations and their resources. The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation...
The Little Engine That Couldn't: How We're Preparing Ourselves and Our Children for Extinction
In a recent semi-documentary film called Garbage, a toxic waste disposal engineer was asked how we can stop engulfing the world in our poisons. His answer was, "We'd have to...
Our Religions: Are they the Religions of Humanity Itself?
Contrary to popular opinion, Charles Darwin did not originate the idea of evolution. By the middle of the 19th century, the mere fact of evolution had been around for a long...
The Cynic and the Boatbuilder
A story that will change how you think about what kinds of change will *really* make a difference
The End of War
Feedback from my lecture at the Green Party annual meeting has been trickling in, and it seems that the talk wasn’t as well-received as I thought at the time. The people who...
The 6 Grand Illusions That Keep Us Enslaved
For a magician to fool his audience his deceit must go unseen, and to this end he crafts an illusion to avert attention from reality. While the audience is entranced, the...
The Red Herring of Social Mobility
The Red Herring of Social Mobility   Introduction Anarchists argue for a society that is far more equal than the one that global capitalism has delivered to us, but are we...
The Best Social Change Documentaries of 2014
This round-up features Films For Action's picks for best activist film of 2014, most of which can be watched for free online. Our favorites for the year are at the top of the...
There Are Seven Types of People. Which One Are You?
This is an excerpt from The One Idea That Saves the World: A Call to Conscience and A Call to Action by Laurence Overmire. The House is on Fire. The people in the house...
Prophecy Delivered! Martin Luther King Jr. and the Death of Democracy
“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” Democracy is dead. It...