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

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Transformation

Click here to access article by Gaither Stewart from The Greanville Post

There is much food for revolutionary thought in this article. It especially differentiates revolution from reform which liberals want. I only disagree with the following statement that Stewart makes:
Today, America aspires to domination of the entire world; according to the Russian philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev and its greatest writer, Fedor Dostoevsky, Russia’s mission and destiny is to save the world.
Capitalist development of societies has resulted in a globalized, interconnected world (especially via the internet), not because capitalists sought to bring people together for their advancement, rather to access poor, desperate workers and exploit more of their nations' resources so that they could reap bigger profits and power for themselves. It is not Russia's mission to save humanity, it is for the world's humans everywhere to save themselves.
...mankind (we now total seven billions on planet Earth) must search for a new and more just way of life, where ... an inextinguishable moral light burns brightly, and that means no less than radical transformation of the present social order called Capitalism.

A shift in social standing is part of the dangerous game of life but a radically changed situation like a conversion to another faith—or a loss of faith all together—create the risk of no longer understanding who, where and what you are. Yet a rapid break-through into a radically changed social style can perhaps still save the world of mankind.
 

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