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 Lapp√©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Eurasian Economic Transformation Goes Forward

Click here to access article by F. William Engdahl from New Eastern Outlook

In this article Engdahl looks at the US Empire from a long range perspective and sees the Empire and its transnational capitalist class very much in decline in its quest for world hegemony. At the same time he see the efforts of China, Russia, and Iran very much in ascendancy in their promotion of a multipolar world in general, and specifically in their quest to accelerate the development of the economies across Asia to the Middle East. The imperialists ensconced in the capitalist ruling classes of the Empire seem only capable of responding by using the same-old aggressive policies toward this new development.
At this juncture it’s clear that the attempt of the Trump Administration and related circles in the US military industrial complex have failed in their prime objective, that of driving a permanent wedge between Russia and China, the two great Eurasian powers capable of peacefully ending the Sole Superpower hegemony of the United States. Some recent examples of seemingly small steps with enormous future economic and geopolitical potential between Russia and China underscore this fact. The Project of the Century, as we can now call the China One Belt One Road infrastructure development–the economic integration on a consensual basis by the nations of Eurasia, outside the domination of NATO countries of the USA and EU–is proceeding at an interesting pace in unexpected areas.
Are we ordinary Americans going to sit passively on the sidelines to see how this contest turns out, or are we going to become actors on this stage of human life by writing our own scripts and determining our own fates? That is the question that everyone must ask themselves. The problem is that so many of us believe the lies of our capitalist masters. So, what is to be done?

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