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
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The motive for the attacks in Paris and Brussels
I normally do not post articles with so much speculative analysis that is based mostly on logic, but I am making an exception with this piece because Meyssan's speculations are so logical. They would explain a lot of mysterious happenings such as both the Russian and US support of the Syrian Kurds (for different reasons), Erdogan's seemly erratic actions, as well as the bombing incidents in Europe.
If true, his speculations would offer an excellent illustration of how various national elites commit monstrous crimes to further their interests of power and wealth. Such ruling class crimes (see also my commentary for "Obama of Arabia") have frequently occurred during the past 10 thousand years and will continue until we rid ourselves of the scourge of class rule, or until we finally kill each other in a nuclear conflagration and/or destroy the Earth's habitat that is capable of supporting human life.
Are we, the 99.9% of the world's population, going to sit idly by watching ruling classes commit one terrible crime after another, or are we going to be activists fighting for our very survival by ending class rule? Yes, it is risky business to oppose ruling classes. They can really kill you or members of your family or make your family's life miserable. (I was threatened with being run off the road one late night and then followed to my home--it was clearly a death threat.) But think of the above alternatives if we remain passive. We can reduce the individual risks of revolution and vastly increase our power by organizing our opposition and being informed.