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

Sunday, July 4, 2010

A Film Recommendation

by Ron Horn. I viewed the film, "The End of Poverty?", last night and was astonished at its high level quality. Over the years I have spent a lot of time unlearning much of what I was taught in US schools. This film can deprogram your thinking about history and foreign affairs in the space of about 2 hours. This is a must-see film.