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 LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Blankenship the imprisoned convict

Click here to access article by economist David Ruccio from his blog Occasional Links & Commentary.

This post provides another illustration of how the justice system handles capitalist's crimes different from worker's crimes. When capitalist Blankenship committed 29 murders while in pursuit of profits, he is convicted of a misdemeanor. When a worker commits a murder while trying to gain money to feed his family, he is frequently sentenced to death.

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