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

Friday, March 25, 2011

US Army deserter readies for legal battle, faces tough odds

from RT (Russia Today). [3:31m video and transcript]

I am posting this today largely because you will not see this reported in US media. Many US veterans have taken their own lives after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. This brave soldier, and others like Bradley Manning, are fighting back against the Empire. We must do what we can to support them.
Shepherd admits that he may be on a slippery slope, but he also says that he is ready for the battle of his life, maintaining that there was no justification for the war in Iraq.