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

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Enough Is Enough: Why we can no longer remain on the sidelines in the struggle for regime change in Iran.

by Richard N. Haass from Newsweek website. Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations, a prime governing class organization.  I occasionally like to read what our representatives of the governing class are thinking, even though their writing must be decoded in order to reveal their thinking. I thought this article of particular interest because it was printed in a mainstream magazine. Hence it is designed to influence opinion leaders from all strata of decision makers in the US. I won't bother to comment on their use of the terms "human rights" or "democracy" or "democratic" other than to say that such people haven't the slightest interest in human rights and their use of the terms "democracy" and "democratic" are code terms for capitalism. 

Note that the article presents two points of view: a realist and neo-conservative. The former has to do with more indirect approaches to promoting the interests of capitalists, the latter is the former plus a large dose of Zionist interests. The latter make use of much more aggressive strategies, and I fear that this may lead us into more military adventures in the Mid-East.