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©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Anti-Empire Report #138

Click here to access the report by William Blum from his website.

Blum challenges our memories and intellect to think about the various "cold wars" in which our nation has been a leading protagonist, the US's frequent use of deadly sanctions against nations who refuse its diktats, and the failure of US higher education to produce enlightened citizens. Included in this report is a reference to an excellent 8:50m film called Imperial Decay posted on YouTube:

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