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√©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Thursday, February 18, 2010

"Behind Each Great Historical Phenomenon Lies A Financial Secret"

from Washington's Blog. The article illustrates how much influence big banking institutions have had in history. The example regarding Lincoln's decision to have the US government issue its own money was a blow to private financial interests. Hence the implications for today's Federal Reserve's monopoly over the issuance of money.  Read Ellen Hodgson Brown's highly readable "Web of Debt" for a comprehensive examination of this subject.