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
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Kerry’s Warped Focus Betrays US Syria Game
With the US having been shown up as engaging in fakery by the Russians since the nearly one and one half year of US's war against ISIS, the Empire coalition of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Israel continue to thwart real peace efforts in Syria while making noises and gestures to the contrary. What efforts the US is directly engaging in appears to be contributing to their "Plan B" of dismembering Syria by backing the Syrian Kurds and establishing military bases in their region.
Meanwhile back at the American ranch, corporate and government media portray Americans as heroic guys fighting single-handedly against the outlaws of ISIS as if Russia, Syrians, Iran, and Hezbollah had nothing to do with the diminishing power of ISIS. I am convinced that if these media simultaneously broadcast "news" for a month that the moon is made of green cheese, half of the American population would believe it. (Sorry, I'm feeling a bit cynical this morning.)