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

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Honduran Elections a Parody of Democracy

By Laura Carlsen, from Foreign Policy in Focus.

Looking at the Honduran elections as theater, very bad theater.  But this is an excellent example of how the Empire crafts "elections" to cover the obscenity of imperialism--using brute force via the US trained Honduran military to bring the country solidly back into compliance with the needs of Empire.