Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments, and search options, etc. They facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.
Reading and Navigating Blogs
Our blogs are quite powerful. Each writer can post, as is typically the case. Sustainers who have the option can also post, however. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet - and always via the left menu of the top page - and can be found via searches, etc.
Commenting on blogs follows the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments including in the forum system. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content for everyone - but one can look at the accumulating content in many ways.
For example one can look at one writer's efforts - so one is seeing what is effectively a blog system for that one writer, or Sustainer.
One can also look at the content by topic, seeing blogs that are tagged as being about a certain topic - or place, as well. Thus, when doing that, it is a blog system about a topic, or a place, with many contributors.
One can look at only writer blogs, or only sustainer blogs, as well.
One can look at blogs for particular Groups, too.
All this is easily done using the left menu. Searches allow even more variables and refinements.
Creating Blog Posts
If you are a Sustainer with permission, and are logged in, you will see a link in the left menu for you to post a blog - and you can use that to post one, and then tag it various ways (such as with a topic or place, or a group tag), and once you do, it is in the system with you as the author.
You can also use the console button to the left to post a blog - anytime and from anywhere in the site, as long as you are logged in.
Meanwhile, enjoy the blogs - and, by the way, if you are a Free Member or a Sustainer with a ZSpace page, of course you can put one or more content boxes on it, pulling blog links of any sort you may want to filter for, for example, by you or by your friends or by others - and by topic, about places, for groups, etc.
The state-corporate system is quite remote from anything that might be called "capitalism" or a "market system," though it has elements of both.
This system will doubtless continue to change, as it has in the past. The recent global investor-rights agreements change it substantially, as do ongoing steps to reduce or dismantle the benefits systems (particularly limited in the US) and to restrict the threat of democracy, hence potential public influence, by neoliberal measures.
As to how it will evolve, and how long people will be willing to tolerate it... we can't know. Prediction in human affairs is generally abysmal, because so little is understood in any depth about such extraordinarily complex systems, and because so much depends on will and choice. That's the real issue: can we make the choice and exert the will to avert the disasters you describe and create a decent world.
It would not be hard to argue that the system will destroy the species before it is significantly changed. Today's headlines give a good reason. The non-proliferation treaty (NPT) is one of the thin threads on which survival of the species hangs. The 5-year annual review conference just collapsed. The prime reason is that we did not make the choice, and have the will, to compel our own government to abide by its essential provisions -- in fact, to refrain from tearing them to shreds, as it has been doing.