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
Thursday, April 21, 2016
New York voting fiasco just the warm-up for the November game
Before the 2000 presidential election I, who will soon be 80 years of age, had never heard of "voting irregularities". Now it seems they are a normal occurrence especially every four years during the presidential elections. I noticed that corporate media with their one-sentence references to the recent "voting irregularities" in NY City also seem to regard such occurrences as normal. (See also this and this for independent reports.)
It appears that when our aggressive capitalist masters fail to get us to vote right (no pun intended), they now resort to wholesale vote tampering. What's next? Cancelling these election circuses? That would certainly save them a lot of money which furnishes the basis of all their power. But then the great hoax of American "democracy" would be finished, and they would have to spend even more on their militarized police forces to keep us in line. So I think we can expect them to keep the show going for the near future.