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, February 10, 2010

Wall Street owners angry with their purchase

by Glenn Greenwald from Salon. This author is about as far out on the left spectrum that the US ruling class will allow to be in the more established media. He often reports accurately on the political games that they play, but his treatment of the subject is merely cynical. He rarely goes beyond looking at these games as political theater, not as subterfuges that the capitalist system must engage in to maintain their fake democracy.