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

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cheering for war and empire

Click here to access article from Socialist Worker. 
After years in which its wars have become more and more unpopular, the U.S. political and military establishment finally has a "success" to celebrate.

Crowds celebrate outside the White House as Barack Obama announces the killing of Osama bin Laden 

I think that the Empire's Mighty Wurlitzer (propaganda machine) is trying to revive the public's support for war while distracting them from the continuing corporate assault on social safety nets, environmental regulations, Medicare, education, and worker's rights.