Mark Weisbrot, CEPR co-director and South of the Border co-writer, responds to Stephen Sackur’s article in The GuardianThe author deconstructs an article in the Guardian, a liberal British news source, to illustrate how capitalist media is unable or unwilling to provide any kind of reasonable coverage of government figures if they are in opposition to the capitalist system or if they criticize it.
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