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, January 14, 2010

America’s quest for 'Buck Rogers Death Ray' continues

From RT, a Russian television network whose programs are carried in many cable systems throughout the world, much like the BBC. I often find that news and commentary sources that are located in countries foreign to the topic reported or analyzed can be the most accurate and revealing.