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

Monday, December 14, 2009

The strange consensus on Obama's Nobel address

Greenwald naively asks “Still, the question remains:  why did so many Bush-loving neocons and progressives [liberals] alike react the same way to Obama's comprehensive foreign policy speech yesterday?  What could explain that?”  Do I really need to explain these apparent contradictions to people who read my articles and comments?