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, July 8, 2016

Pillars of American “Democracy": Sunshine Bribery

Click here to access article by Moti Nissani from Veterans Today.

The influence of money is so obvious in today's world, but people have become so habituated to this fact that it seems like there is no alternative. Besides that, many people residing in dominant countries like the US also share to some extent in the booty that is plundered from weaker countries by our capitalist masters. Nissani explains how our masters use the second main pillar to fund many secondary pillars that insures their rule. 
Obviously, when it comes to sunshine bribery, what is lacking is not awareness but outrage.  A good part of this circus is out in the open, and yet we seem unmoved.  Perhaps, the bankers have dulled our moral faculties by corrupting language.  Perhaps they have done so by exposing us to endless violence while watching TV or movies, serving in the armed forces, passing the time in prison, or interacting with police.  Perhaps the bankers have used the educational system and mass media to stifle our curiosity, kill our imagination, trivialize our lives and aspirations, surround us with endless distractions, and diminish our capacity to think for ourselves. 

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