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

Friday, November 26, 2010

Buffett Thanks "Uncle Sam" for Big Bailout Payday

by Michael Collins from The Economic Populist

The author exposes Buffett's cynicism and contempt for American working people in reference to the latter's article in the NY Times lauding the government for its bailout of the financial institutions. The author points out how the bailouts directly benefited Buffett's investments in Goldman Sachs. Collins responds to Buffett with this statement:
Mr. Buffett. You are no different than Goldman Sachs and the other exploiters funded by the hard work of everyone other than those who reap the benefits of that work.