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
Friday, April 1, 2016
The US Treasury's 'Silver Bullet' Falls Short
Crooke sees that the overuse of economic sanction by Empire directors may be accelerating a response in kind from Russia, China, and other nations.
He begins this essay by arguing that, due to the popularity of economic sanctions in US political circles, the US is not in fact withdrawing sanctions on Iran to comply with last year's deal with Iran (JCPOA). He then widens this focus to show that nations which are not under the control of the US Empire (mainly the BRICS) are beginning to fight back against the application of economic warfare by building alternative financial institutions and economic retaliatory weapons.