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
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Living Through the Death of Capitalism
Because the US ruling class directorate has selected as figurehead CEO of the Empire someone who so crassly illustrates the worst traits among successful businessmen, the US somnolent public, and much of the world, is in a state of shock. Donald Trump appears to be the antithesis of the smooth talking, articulate, African appearing figurehead of Barack Obama. What people don't realize is that in spite of the fact there might be a change of emphasis here and there, nothing substantial will change with this change of figureheads. On the other hand, this change appears to be serving as a wake-up call to many Americans--and this is very good news.
Joe Brewer has certainly woken up, but I think he fails to justify bringing a new human into a world when every awake person must become an activist and revolutionary to accelerate the death of capitalism and to prevent the disappearance of humans along with capitalism from our Earth-home--which is a very real threat. Being a parent is a full-time job which reduces one's effectiveness as a revolutionary.
The following 1:17m video, which should be titled as "This is why we are here", explains this urgency and our responsibility.