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, May 6, 2011

Legal Scholar Steve Kohn on Bradley & the Travesty of Justice

Click here to access audio recording [4:23m] from Sibel Edmond's Boiling Frogs Post. 
Last Tuesday Peter B Collins and I interviewed Mr. Stephen M. Kohn of National Whistleblower Center on his recently released book, corporate and government whistleblowers, whistleblower laws, and upcoming legislation. During the interview we asked him about the Bradley Manning case.
As I have argued previously, the "democratic" facade of capitalist US is crumbling to what we have now: very little compliance with the rule of law, and increasing uses of "national interests" and "national security" to justify any action regardless of its non-compliance with the Constitution and rule of law. This is an indication of continuing movement toward the use of the hidden fist of fascism that capitalists always resort to whenever they decide it is required. 

For me, this situation calls forth two basic questions: why are they so blatantly employing it now? Do they--the Empire's ruling capitalist class--feel increasingly threatened? Or, do they feel emboldened by getting away with so many war crimes and bank scams?