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 LappĂ©, Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

'Celebration Capitalism' and the Real Cost of the Olympics

Click here to access article by Jules Boykoff from Common Dreams.

Regarding the upcoming London Olympics the author illustrates the principle that a ruling class and the system from which it derives its power puts its stamp on every significant institution in that society. He also shows how the One Percent not only benefits from their disasters, but also from their celebrations.
...while disaster capitalism eviscerates the state, celebration capitalism manipulates state actors as partners, pushing economics rooted in so-called public-private partnerships. All too often these public-private partnerships are lopsided: the public pays and the private profits. In a bait and switch that's swaddled in bonhomie, the public takes the risks and private groups scoop up the rewards. 

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