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
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
North Korea is an [sic] Pentagon Vassal State
I don't normally post articles by people who write endlessly about their speculations regarding world events, but this essay struck me as explaining a lot about the activities of North Korea under Kim Jong Un as serving US ruling class interests. Engdahl clearly states his thesis in the first paragraph, and then in the rest of the essay assembles evidence and arguments in support of the thesis. It appears that his thesis was inspired by a memory of a conversation he had with a person well connected with the US's deep state at one of the Empire's gathering of influential people during the late 1990s.
This is conspiracy theorizing at its best in a never-ending and urgent effort to uncover the rationale for the Empire's actions which always lie hidden below a thick layer of deceptive propaganda and secrecy. These latter characteristics are imperative in any bourgeois democracy (the capitalist ruling class's fake version of real democracy) simply because the wealth and power interests of any capitalist ruling class corresponds poorly with the interests of the vast majority of ordinary people.