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
Friday, February 5, 2016
Leak Reveals Denver Police Use Undercover ‘Shadow Teams’ To Target Protest Leaders
If you are awake and aware that our nation is ruled by a tiny class of people who own and/or control every important institution in our society, then you will understand that the ultimate method of control used by this tiny class is their control over all their enforcement agencies who are authorized to use violence together with secret operations to protect the system of capitalism that sustains their rule, provides them with so much wealth, gives them so much power over us, allows them to pollute the earth, invade other countries, and commit so many other crimes against humanity.
We have witnessed in recent years the strengthening of these enforcement agencies with military grade weapons, and many years before that, the use of various means of surveillance and infiltration used by their secret agencies to deter any significant challenge to their rule. Such police-state type methods are always used after all the softer methods to control working people fails. The latter methods range from the pervasive lies broadcast by their corporate media to the more subtle forms of indoctrination that this class uses in their educational institutions to infect and pollute the thinking of every person to support their class's rule.
Thus if your activism takes you to places where you may encounter the attention of these ruling class enforcement agencies such as this latest protest in Chicago, you must be informed of how they operate. This article, including the links it contains, will help you become informed.