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

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Game That Goes On and On: a Swiss Bank, a President, and the Permanent Government

by Russ Baker from Who What Why. The President plays with his golfing buddies and one of which is a member of the ruling class who heads up an institution that benefited greatly from tax payer bailouts. Read what this investigative journalist extraordinaire reveals about the real government. Baker uses the term "the permanent government" instead of the ruling or governing class--the latter terms can seldom be used in polite company among people indoctrinated in the religion of capitalism. This kind of information is critically important for ordinary people if they are to be truly free of exploitation and become self-governing.