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, August 12, 2016
A Rush to Judgment on Russian Doping
Sterling reveals bias by key witnesses, lack of public disclosure of email evidence, and no independent corroboration of the opening of the test bottles by Russian authorities. With the banning of so many Russian athletes and accusations of Russian government illegal support for doping happening along with so many other Western propaganda attacks against Russia makes these allegations highly suspicious.
So, let us meet Richard McClaren as he answered questions posed to him by RT, the Russian counterpart to PBS. (I've had considerable difficulty in sustaining access to RT. Don't know if the US is blocking this website or if there is some other problem. Anyway the link is here.)