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

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

State budget crisis getting critical

from The Economic Populist. The author cites evidence that the bankster's bad gambling debts are hollowing out communities all across the US. In my own area library hours have been cut back, my local swimming pool closed for the summer, city workers laid off, public transit cutbacks, etc.