In a capitalist society, only capital matters. It’s all about the Benjamins – bucks over bodies. Profit. Period.
In Michigan’s prisons, there ain’t a single prisoner who committed a more vicious crime than the Governor of that state.
Their crimes, no matter what, were retail. The government, for a few bucks, committed crimes against thousands –wholesale.
But these are crimes of the powerful.
They don’t count.
These are crimes of capitalism.
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