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 27, 2010

Winner of Google-China feud is - India

from Asia Times website. The author looks at this recent dispute in the context of inter-capitalist and corporate rivalries and cuts through the distortions of mass media coverage which hide the use of computer applications by the governments concerned to spy on its citizens and/or censor information.