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

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tale of Two Nuclear Whistleblowers

by David Krieger from Common Dreams. Kieger is a leader in the global effort to abolish nuclear weapons. He is an attorney, political scientist and the author of many studies on achieving peace in the nuclear age. 

In this article he illustrates the deceptive games that the Empire plays on its own citizens to maintain its global hegemony. But these are games that will inevitably lead to global catastrophe just like the recent oil drilling disaster that is filling up the Gulf of Mexico with oil.