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
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Not Your Cold War NATO: Alliance To Examine Itself
In this piece one gets the definite impression, which has been reported by others, that NATO is experiencing some real difficulties in the Empire's pursuit of global hegemony. Are these the first real cracks in the Empire's armor? Perhaps this is what next week's NATO meeting in Chicago is really all about: repairing and restoring harmony. All the more reason that activists turn out to protest.
Another reason to protest may also be to register opposition for another NATO war--this time against Syria à la Libya as discussed here.