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, February 24, 2011
Did Scott Walker Get Crank-Call Pwned? YES!
Nobody is denying the authenticity of this "pwn" or prank call. In case you missed it on MSNBC, it is a must-listen-to prank pulled on Governor Walker of Wisconsin. In a telephone call Murphy posed as David Koch of right-wing fame who is widely believed to be pulling the strings of Walker the puppet. It is very revealing of the fascist type of thinking that passes for right-wing politics in the US.
(Note: You will need to scroll down the article to listen to the audio.)
The coverage by MSNBC of events in Wisconsin has been excellent and very supportive of the protesters and labor. However, be aware that the coverage is always framed in terms of Democratic versus Republican politics. This is to preserve the myth of political choice in the US. The fact is that both parties serve basically the same masters of the capitalist ruling class. The Republicans are tending toward fascism, but they are really more honest than Democrats who pose as champions of the workers and want to hide the real class war that both are always waging against working people.