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 LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The paid guardians of the ruling classes seem awkward while receiving hugs from the people.

But what is not often understood is that the paid guardians of the ruling classes guard the ruling classes, not the people.

Thelma, Louise and Six Degrees

This article is not for the faint of heart.

Reform Passes, Is the Party Over?

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced: ‘The legislation says very clearly to Wall Street: the party is over.’”

Copenhagen and capitalism (14:49m video)

Excellent interview with Minqi Li who is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah specializing in Political Economy, World Systems and the Chinese Economy. He was a political prisoner in China from 1990 to 1992. He is the author of "After Neoliberalism: Empire, Social Democracy, or Socialism?

Unemployment Insurance Bill in a War

Or, a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down.

Don’t let capitalism cost the earth

Danish police arrest nearly 1,000 protesters at climate conference