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 LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Sunday, June 20, 2010

How The Media Misreports on Venezuela, Even When Given Full Information

by Mark Weisbrot from South of the Border.
Mark Weisbrot, CEPR co-director and South of the Border co-writer, responds to Stephen Sackur’s article in The Guardian
The 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.