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

Monday, January 25, 2010

General Stanley McChrystal hints that negotiations in London could see Taliban leaders join new Kabul government

from The Guardian website. I was amused by this which is another trick that The Empire often uses on its enemies when it can't defeat them--co-opt them! Give the Taliban leadership positions in the government complete with fancy titles, offices and desks, salaries, perks, etc., and they'll do our bidding in maintaining Afghanistan in The Empire.