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, February 1, 2016
Hillary Clinton Brags About Getting Her Marching Orders From The CFR
Sometimes Hillary Clinton inadvertently and candidly expresses such insights about how government decisions are controlled by unelected members of the capitalist class ensconced in "think tanks" such as the Council on Foreign Relations. There are numerous others.
The top ones in the US, according to a University of Pennsylvania study entitled "2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report" (p. 77), are (in order of importance): Brookings, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Precisely how the policy recommendations of these think tanks are mediated is a mystery that needs to be solved. Regarding foreign policies, I think that most are translated into action by the US Security Council.