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
Monday, June 20, 2011
Imperial war behind a humanitarian charade
The information contained in the article is probably "old hat" to people who follow this and similar blogs.
As cynical as I tend to be, I have been particularly astonished by the speed at which the US Empire and its satraps have abandoned all pretenses about a "humanitarian mission" in Libya in order to pursue the goal of regime change. The gap between the "mission" and realty is so wide that even leaders of the grossly imperialistic Republican party can't resist the opportunity to exploit it for immediate political gains.