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
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Syria: Another Pipeline War
In this essay John Kennedy's nephew provides a very long and accurate history of US interventions and subversive actions to secure the fossil fuel wealth of the Mid-East, but tends to explain the more recent actions as misguided blunders and casts blame on a few neocons who have imperialist motives.