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, April 28, 2011
Afghanistan Feature: Pakistan to Karzai "Pick Us, Not the US"
Although this piece does not quite fit with the theme of this blog--deconstructing capitalism--it does suggest that we may be on the brink of world re-alignment of capitalist powers. Here the author provides some evidence of such a shift in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
NATO actions have been so disastrous for this Asian region that we may be seeing the approach of a tipping point that could have major repercussions for capitalist rivalries. Although not referred to in the article, the whole Mid-East is threatening NATO dominance. Such a scenario often is very dangerous for working people--witness the destructiveness of capitalist rivalries in the 20th century.