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 Lapp├ę, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Sunday, January 10, 2010

"False values" and "structural blackmail" Part 2 (7:27m video)

Interview with James Crotty, an economist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, by Real News Network. (Note: the first part of interview, which I have not posted to this website, took place on January 8.)