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 LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, April 3, 2010

New START Treaty and old superpower policy

from Voltaire. The authors reveal the reality that lies behind the hoopla about the new treaty with Russia that is advertised as limiting nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, the US and Israel, with its own stockpile of weapons, crank up the propaganda against Iran's nuclear industry.