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, March 3, 2010

New strikes called as more social cuts are prepared in Greece

from World Socialist Web Site.
The Greek trade unions announced new strikes yesterday against further budget cuts demanded by banks and European institutions, amid the ongoing Greek debt crisis. This comes less than one week after a one-day national strike against budget cuts on February 24, in which an estimated 2 million workers participated.