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

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Republican Strategy

by Robert Reich from TPM Cafe.

Reich outlines the old divide and conquer strategy currently be used against working people in the US. This is useful information, but mixed in with it is the old liberal nonsense about Republicans and Democrats. 

Lately, I've been seeing the same framing of the issues on the liberal TV station, MSNBC. This is a major tactic used by the ruling class to create the illusion of political choice in the US. It is complete nonsense. However, as long as working people continue to be fooled by it, they will suffer the consequences. 

For a clearer understanding of the role of the Democratic Party, read a review of Lance Selfa’s The Democrats: A Critical History. Then read the book.