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 4, 2011

U.S. Cables Detail Saudi royal Welfare Program

by Simon Robinson from Reuters

Well, the details about the "welfare" program that serves mostly the Saudi ruling families may be different, but isn't the end result essentially the same as here in the US where socially produced wealth ends up in the hands of an increasingly concentrated ruling class of "owners"?