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
Thursday, July 22, 2010
The Shirley Sherrod firing: Once again, the Obama administration cowers before ultra-right
The author zeros in on this astonishing episode where the Obama administration couldn't act quickly enough to fire and trash this heroic women because of its fear of the US right wing. I believe the episode (along with endless others--see this, this, and this) illustrates the power of the incipient fascist forces that exist in the US rather than the incident being merely a careless, ill considered act of the Administration.
The fact that the NAACP acted likewise provides more evidence to show how this organization is so integrated with, and subservient to, the ruling class.