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

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

As Austerity Bites, Police Get More Brutal

by Apostolis Fotiadis from IPS

This report illustrates how the capitalist ruling class reveals it hidden mailed fist when it can no longer manage its population with the institutions of fake democracy. The Greek people are beginning to understand this.
"This is what happens in countries ruled by authoritarian regimes, not in a European democracy."