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
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Honduras’ Unfolding Socioeconomic Nightmare
For many years I've received almost daily email reports from Rights Action, a human rights organization, providing horrendous details of peasants being driven from their lands by paramilitaries, union leaders murdered, and protestors beaten or murdered. Most of these incidents have the fingerprints of North American mining interests all over them. Such reports never make it into corporate media. US and Canadian ruling classes have abused this country probably more than any country on the earth--and that's saying a lot! Thus, I would call Honduras an "ongoing socioeconomic nightmare".