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

Friday, February 26, 2010

Ron Paul wins! (So who appears on Meet the Press?)

dated 2-24-10 by an American blogger carried on RT (Russia Times) website. Let me be clear about one thing--I am no fan of Ron Paul, the Congressman from Texas. He is a libertarian capitalist who essentially wants a form of capitalism that existed in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Thus he is an old fashioned conservative and very different from the neo-conservatives. As such he wants as little government as possible (except on the issue of abortion which he thinks the government should prohibit), everything decided by the market, mostly anti-union and against minimum wage laws, against any government measures to extend health insurance coverage, against gun control laws, etc.  Lately he has been attacking the Federal Reserve, the mostly private consortium of big banking institutions that control our money supply and are at the core of the American ruling class.  This is an irritant to the ruling class which otherwise likes to have a few eccentrics like him around to give the illusion of choice, but they mostly ignore him. The author of this article provides a recent illustration of this latter point.