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, March 12, 2010

ECONNED – The Movie, Um, Video! (1:54m video)

by Yves Smith from her blog, Naked Capitalism. Although this is a promotion of her recently released book entitled, "Econned", I am posting it because it is also a powerful visual statement about how ideas can have such devastating consequences for ordinary people--Wall Street's financial institutions and the governing class are doing fine.