I am forever amazed at the gall of these ecocidal corporations that insist on selling us a product we simply don’t want. Can you imagine Ford getting laws passed to require people to buy its failed Edsel? How bad must the product be if the only way they can sell it is by forcing people to buy it? Is this mafia capitalism?
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