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, May 19, 2010
I recommend skipping the live streaming at the top of the article. Instead read the article and check out the video highlights at the bottom of the article where he states: "I know that watching a closed door is not that riveting, so check out the highlights from the last two weeks here and here."
The real action of our government always happens behind closed doors.