Culture Change
20 September 2020
Listen to Jan Lundberg on American Freedom Radio talk show
by Culture Change   
ImageAmerican Freedom Radio/Truth Jihad Radio is hosted by Kevin Barrett, a former college professor who undertook an investigative journalism-activism career.

On October 28, 2011, Kevin and Jan discussed on the air some critical issues of the day concerning social change, the Occupy movement, the vulnerability to oil dependence, and what the ultimate result may be from tumultuous upheaval.

Local Future: peak oil and vision for culture change, Nov. 10-14, Michigan
by Jan Lundberg   
The sixth annual Local Future conference is officially described as The International Conference on Sustainability, Transition & Culture Change: Vision, Action Leadership.

It will bring together visionaries, activists, and leaders as a gathering of equals to explore together visions for the future in areas of sustainability, peak oil, climate change, economics, politics, renewable energy, food security, transition towns, bioregionalism, permaculture, compassionate living and culture change.

How to Turn the Power of the Wall Street Protests into Real Reforms
by Brent Blackwelder   
Publisher's note: The servants of the "Wall Street 1%" in Congress are hypocritical about conservative budgeting, as Brent Blackwelder's informative new report makes clear. It is important to know more of the ways the public is screwed over, to provide more impetus for reform as well as for replacing the present system and culture. - Jan Lundberg

As the Wall Street protests have spread from New York City to the rest of the country, some media pundits have criticized the protesters for being unfocused — as if there were only one thing wrong with the financial sector of the U.S. economy.

The World After Industrial Civilization Goes
by Jan Lundberg   
ImageAuthor Keith Farnish has a problem with Western Civilization. So do I. I mean, Mozart is all well and good, but destroying the planet through industrialism and growth isn't quite worth civilization's accomplishments. Or is extinction a small price to pay for our glorious expansion? The downsides are hard-wired to the dominant culture.

Even if sustainability were not a critical issue, for anyone to have to pay to live on Earth is a ridiculous notion for a society to undertake. But this is our brilliant system, whereby people are conditioned to compete and buy into their own slavery.

The Occupiers' dream: an easy revolution?
by Jan Lundberg   
Santa Cruz, Cal. street
The Occupy movement took a global leap on Saturday, although numbers were minimized by the corporate media. Where is this movement at, and what can happen? Start with the minds of protesters:

It may be that many Occupiers believe they can bring about major social change without much pain or sacrifice. Could this be an easy revolution, or a naïve hope for it? Not that they believe they won't ever be attacked by police, but that they might keep driving and pursuing their normal lifestyle

What's up with the Occupy protests - for a sustainable culture?
by Jan Lundberg   
ImageAs I observe the Occupy Wall Street protest and its manifestations elsewhere, I have wondered about my own excitement over the phenomenon. I have been slow to say to myself, "This is it! I've been advocating nonviolent civil disobedience in the streets, and now it's here!" I'm glad and supportive, but to get involved right now by traveling to NYC was hardly thinkable.

But in my town, Santa Cruz, California, 200 people showed up tonight (Tuesday) downtown and resolved to begin the indefinite Occupy encampment on Oct. 6

video of lecture: Natural Gas: a Bridge to Nowhere?
by Jan Lundberg   
Jan Lundberg, independent oil industry analyst and eco-activist, spoke at the University of Oklahoma's petroleum engineering school for its Bridging Fuels for the Future Seminar Series, August 30, 2011.

Oklahoma's petroleum academia hosted this critic of the region's big hope: natural gas. In addition to upholding academic freedom, the University may have had to temper graduates' expectations of entry into lucrative jobs -- given the realities of fracking, peak oil, and climate change.

Watch Jan's lecture:

California Seduction: Trains and Women
by Jan Lundberg / Donna Sheehan and Paul Reffell   
We are beginning to remember that, as always, it is the Feminine that possesses the empathy and guidance that the focused and systematic Masculine requires. That is what has made humans a successful species, and the suppression of it has pushed our world to the brink of destruction. - Donna Sheehan and Paul Reffell

Jan's introduction:
My early autumn adventure to southern California, my previous homeland, wasn't an historic event. But two worthwhile observations bubbled up to fit with two news stories:

New Evidence for Changing the Nature of the Global Economy
by Brent Blackwelder   
Billion-dollar weather catastrophes this year, along with the latest figures on Chinese consumption, emphasize the urgency of a shift in economic thinking.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cites 10 massive weather disasters in the U.S. this year, each exceeding a billion dollars. The nine months of unprecedented weather extremes include these estimates of death and damage:

Hurricane Irene: 50 deaths and $7 billion;
Upper Midwest flooding along the Missouri River: $2 billion;
Knocking on the Devil's Door: Our Deadly Nuclear Legacy - a documentary of the greatest urgency
by Jan Lundberg   
Image"We must outlaw nuclear reactors." - Admiral Hyman Rickover, the Father of the Nuclear Navy, to Congress in his farewell speech

Gary Null, radio talk show host and author, with Producer Richard Gale, has produced a comprehensive indictment of nuclear power and weapons. The first thing the public needs to know is that it is not merely a debate about which way to go with policy. Rather, the nuclear issue is about life and death now. So a big public service is in exposing the nuclear industry's lies that are killing people today

Natural Gas: a Bridge to Nowhere? - Oklahoma's petroleum academia hosts critic
by Culture Change   
ImageJan Lundberg, independent oil industry analyst and eco-activist, spoke at University of Oklahoma's Devon Energy Hall on Aug. 30, 2011. From the Summary publicized earlier (see poster at bottom):
Many in industry and government are counting on natural gas -- especially through its less natural fracked derivation -- to propel the present industrial economy for endless growth. Besides the environmental hazards and
Students Help Make the Change: Environmental Activism on Apathetic College Campuses
by Austin Tye   
ImageEditor's note: We asked a student leader, "Is there a clear, stronger trend toward more environmentally conscious behavior by students? If not, why? Why is there substantial apathy about the low-intensity war on the students' planet, compared to the 1960s generation's concern about social injustice?" It is a given that there is no militant movement visible today. At Berkeley -- the university community that originated the Free Speech and antiwar movements -- most students believe political activism is about holding a student-government office for decorating their resumés. - JL
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