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

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Fooling Most of the People Most of the Time is What American Politics Are About, Even When it Comes to the Threat of Nuclear War

Click here to access article by John Chuckman from Uncommon Thought Journal
The fundamental problem in America’s government is an elaborate political structure much resembling democracy but with actual rule by a powerful establishment and a set of special interests – all supported by a monstrous security apparatus and a huge, lumbering military, which wouldn’t even know what to do with itself in peace.

Unfortunately, I don’t think there is any apparent solution to this horrible political reality, and, while once it affected primarily Americans themselves, today it affects the planet.

There is an intense new element that has been added to America’s governing establishment: the drive of the neo-cons for American supremacy everywhere, for complete global dominance, and it is something which is frighteningly similar to past drives by fascist governments which brought only human misery on a vast scale.

1 comment:

  1. After receiving Derrick Jensen's new book and reading some, it's time we quit bowing to our plutocratic rulers and try at least to save the Earth from the ravages of capitalism. It won't be easy. The rulers and systems are firmly in place and will go kicking and screaming down the memory holes of history if time permits. Please anyone that still gives a damn do something or there won't be a civilization worth saving. I wish I would have paid attention on the first Earth Day because most of those things are here in all their glory. We have little time left to effect change or we to will all go down the memory holes of history.

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