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So what is more fun than to graph a bit of history, trends and social phenomena to project some interesting possible outcomes. You may see further below for more explanation. You might even see something here I dont.
First. There are three vectors that proceed from left to right. Note, this is not a left and right in political terms. Left is the starting point for three kinds of social phenomena. The purpose of the graphic is to identify real life social phenomena - the three vectors - and plot them in relation to each other to see where they may be going. One can also plot their own behavior and see where it fits. And maybe where its going.
Next, an explanation of the three vectors in blue.
Political Response. This vector shows several common ways how people express their level of concern about issues they care about. That expression can range from modest - a letter to the editor, to extreme - riots and insurrection.
Social Response. These are specific historical actions, events and phenomena that illustrate what the Political Response can look like. These actions take place mostly in a group setting and are all political. They are expression about how groups manifest a point of view. One could graph their own behavior on this vector. For example, my arrest protesting Comanche Peak nuclear power plant  would fit under civil disobedience. When we refused to get off the bus to be processed at the county jail, we upped the level of concern about the issue, but not to the extent of property destruction. Note, these phenomena are inter related AND they can be cumulative. One could graph any social response. The ones above are simply ones I chose. Where would you plot your favorite protest action?
Lifestyle Response. These are a lifestyle response to current social and economic conditions. They also tend to be more at a personal level. Not necessarily political but they can easily become political, such as frustration at not being able to find a decent job or accumulating debt or having to live at home because one cant afford to live on their own. Voluntary simplicity is a way to reconcile modest income with material expectations. Voiluntary simplicity can be very political as well - reducing one's participation in a highly flawed economic and social system.
Become acquainted with the vectors. insert your own phenomena and see where it takes you.
Here are some important take aways.
Executive Summary -
There will be more and more disenchanted people with the System and they will manifest their disenchantment in increasingly ambitious ways. Current trends at the source of disenchantment will only deepen, and will be added to as the System's downward trajectory steepens. Our best scenario is that people unhappy with the way this economic/social scam is set up realize their are healthy and positive choices to make. This website points out many examples of making those healthy choices. There are many others this web site does not mention. Best scenario is, enough positive and healthy choices are made [soon enough] and they add up in common cause, to a regime change that is as peaceful and compassionate as possible.
Many current trends we see today - social economic disequity, increasing numbers of people on the margins, degraded environment, debt - all have a history of contributing to social unrest. Climate change is a whole new factor which is already affecting millions of people.
1] The vectors are all driven by the needs of the global free market economic system - to grow, to concentrate wealth and to concentrate political power, to externalize damage to the natural environment and public health, to mention a few.
Verily, many of the phenomena are well known political reactions - protests and organized opposition - to the harsh [to some] methods of the economic system. The Occupy Movement, Black Lives Matter, Berni Sanders enthusiasts and the emerging democracy action movement currently unfolding in Europe are all protest about how the "System" is unfair, undemocratic and heavily weighted in favor of those already in power. Black Panthers, Cascade Tree Sits, protests at nuke plants, the emerging climate justice movement, Arab Spring are all related. These, and many others local and world wide, all seek, in their own ways, to address various faults, shortcomings, inherent problems caused by the mainstream economic system and the culture it has created.
Note, mention of groups and actions above does not necessarily equate with support or endorsement of the actions of the groups. Many more could be added.
2] The current presidential election cycle has become top of the news in recent months. Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have catalyzed the new participation of perhaps millions of people into becoming active and enthusiastic supporters of either candidate. Both candidates address issues they see as failures of the mainstream economic system, a message that resonates with millions.
A current trend most are acquainted with, if not familiar with, is the increase in concentration of wealth and political power into fewer and fewer hands. Sanders makes frequent comments [critical of money is free speech] about the billionaires owning the election. This is what capitalism does - it concentrates wealth and a larger and larger number of people are becoming more and more upset about it.
Add to political motivation, economic motivation. As more and more people go further and further into various kinds of debt [public debt, too], as wages stagnate, disruptions caused by climate change deepen, as the increasing cost of the resource inputs that power the economic system causes the global economy to stutter and disappoint an increasing number of people,,,, this growing number of marginalized and frustrated people will be joining the political, climate change, environmental, social activists and others, towards more assertive, perhaps aggressive forms of protest.
The System is not broken. This is simply what it does if allowed to.
Over time, I see this mobilization of millions of people moving further along the political response vector towards more "ambitious" forms of protest. As these protest movements more fully recognize they have common cause with many others and organize accordingly, the potential for greater social/cultural/economic impact will increase. Verily, Sanders, figuratively, calls for a revolution, all be it, a well mannered revolution. [It may not stay that way]
The trends listed with the bracket at the bottom of the graphic points out this radicalizing dynamic. These are only a few of the trends. It may take a while but turbulence like the Arab Spring can be considered a very real possibility even in the affluent world. Certainly, the Occupy Movement and Black Lives Matter [and other named protests] is a small preview of what may follow.
A peaceful and positive way to channel this energy would be into permaculture and the growing number of models and examples based on permaculture and related systems that already are showing what people and planet friendly cultural and economic alternatives can look like. To me, the best scenario is enough people shifting values, goals and ideals, priorities towards actions that are green, accountable, people and planet friendly to make a peaceful changing of the guards. An outcome much to be preferred to violence.
There are many many people and actions all over the world ALREADY a part of this growing movement. Climate change can be an unprecedented issue to bring all kinds of groups together. Ultimately, the need is to replace the current economic system with one that fits within the limits of the natural world and has as its purpose, the goal to bring out the best in positive human potential.
[Note, the series of presentations I am making in Eugene April 18, May 16 and June 20 are all about peaceful regime change. [More info here.]
You can experiment with the graphic and come up with new understandings of this fascinating and dynamic point in history. The deepening, broadening, more assertive global uprising opposed to the economic and social status quo is the most compelling story of our time. It takes in economics, politics, climate change, environmental issues, equity and just about any issue in the news. This graphic may help make all these phenomena, trends and actions more understandable and that it may also help point out ways to channel our energies in positive ways. Comments welcome.