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, May 14, 2010

The Bailout of Big American Banks Has Cost Trillions More Than We've Been Told

from Washington's Blog. This outstanding blogger lists all the various ways that the recent government bank/financial reforms are benefiting the banksters, shareholders, etc. Well--surprise, surprise. The reforms were designed by people with close ties to the banking and financial institutions--were they not?