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

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The New Scarlet Letters: ‘NC’

By Sybel Edmonds

About widespread use of security clearances among civilian employees in the private sector.  This well known whistle blower, Sybel Edmonds, argues that the widespread use of security clearances is leading to its use as a widespread suppression of dissent.