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, September 27, 2010

Obama administration invokes “state secrets” doctrine to defend the assassination of US citizens

by Tom Carter from World Socialist Web Site
As the global crisis of capitalism intensifies, the ruling class in the US is faced with rapidly eroding support for its policies of endless war abroad and self-enrichment at all costs at home. As popular opposition intensifies, the political establishment and all of its official institutions march towards more and more dictatorial forms of rule. In this context, the Obama regime’s assertion of the power to unilaterally issue a death warrant for any person anywhere in the world, and for that decision not to be reviewed by any court, should be taken as a dire warning of things to come.
So, what's the difference between the change candidate, and now President, Obama and Bush Jr?
Jon Stewart of The Daily Show has an amusing take on this question in this 4:16m video from last year.

In my opinion, the best way to view government in the US is to see it as political theater. The producer is the ruling capitalist class, the director is collectively made up of  the political operatives like Carl Rove, Henry Kissinger, Richard Perle, Peter G. Peterson, and Charles Koch inside and outside of official government. The actors are the those who play the official roles in this production--the President, Congress people, Supreme Court and heads of government agencies. If this scheme is correct, you can easily see who is in control of all the political plays.