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

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Big Oil Has Pipeline into Nebraska Campaigns

from Nebraska Watchdog. This illustrates the way fake democracy works in the US.
An examination by Nebraska Watchdog has found that Big Oil and Electricity have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the three Nebraskans on Capitol Hill who have voters in the path of a controversial oil pipeline.