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

Friday, June 25, 2010

The United States of Nigeria

from Washington's Blog. 

The headline hits the nail squarely on its head. It makes the point that few Americans understand. The mega-oil corporations are in charge and they have been trashing the planet with impunity for years. The most egregious examples are Nigeria and Ecuador, with the US only now joining the list of victims.