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
Sunday, August 21, 2016
The 21st Century Doesn't Need a New Deal -- It Needs a New Economic Model
For those of us who decided long ago the question of whether reform of the capitalism or the construction of a new system was needed to solve the many crises of capitalism, this article may seem sophomoric. Still, that is where many on the left in the US are today in their political thinking. The author in this article attempts to move these people from a reformist position to a radical position.