The release of the latest audio message claimed to be from Osama bin Laden has got tongues wagging again as to his status and whereabouts. The failure of technologically peerless American intelligence to find any trace him for nine years leads to speculation whether the United States is keeping bin Laden alive for strategic convenience.
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