We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Friday, May 13, 2011

5-13-2011 10:00AM NOTICE: Google's blog service has been down earlier today, and after it resumed service I notice that yesterday's (5-12-2011) entries are missing. Perhaps they will show up later. 

Meanwhile, I am working on today's postings which will appear at the usual 12 noon Seattle time.

6:00 PM - Yesterday's postings were restored.

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