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
Thursday, June 24, 2010
The Global Political Awakening and the New World Order: The Technological Revolution and the Future of Freedom, Part 1
This series on "the global awakening and the new world order" has taken on the ambitious task to assess where the world's people, the elites vs ordinary people, are from an historical and future perspective. It is clear that the governing classes have greatly benefited from globalization, but the advances in technology, particularly in communications, have brought people closer together and have created threats to the continued rule of capitalist elites. What will come out of this clash of opposing forces? The elites, people like Brzezinski, are clearly worried, but I wouldn't count them out.