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, December 9, 2010

Naked emperor hails sex by surprise

by Pepe Escobar from Asia Times Online.

The author in a lighthearted manor shows the delight that many of us share looking at the naked Emperor and his pathetic attempts to get the guy who tore his clothes off.
World public opinion has not failed to notice the spectacular crossover between WikiLeaks founder Assange's bizarre Swedish sex saga charges and the emperor's (and his minion's) fury.
Here is one of the latest embarrassing revelations, but not terribly surprising given the Cold War mindset that refuses to die.

Meanwhile, many supporters of WikiLeaks are fighting back against the Empire. See this and this (free registration required) and this and this for the latest scoop on the information war between all peace-loving working people and the Empire. And non-hackers can join the fight here.