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

Monday, August 23, 2010

How Has it Come to This?

by Dahr Jamail and Erika Blumenfeld from Truthout

This article with its pictures and descriptions gives the best portrayal that I have found of what the scene is like on much of the Gulf coast. Mainstream media cannot, or will not, provide this kind of report on the worst environmental disaster in US history.