"We won't be in a position to make permanent progressive changes until the bad governments are changed permanently into good governments. And all governments are bad governments now and will remain bad governments until we have a global humanity."

The words are those of Mark Haywood, in an email to me last week about my column, "Embracing Ecological Realism." I think they nail it. And I would add that "global humanity" includes a connection to Planet Earth, to life itself. And my intention is to put these words in a political context that is free — so I pray — of cynicism.

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