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

False Paradox: Reflections on the American Profits-Jobs Disconnect

by Paul Street from ZNet

The author does a good job of explaining all the lies about governmental and business concerns related to creating more jobs.
There’s little mysterious about the disconnect between profits and jobs for those willing and able to look beyond the trickle-down theory’s naïve assumption of an identity of interests between the rich and the rest of us.