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, July 5, 2011

Hundreds of Thousands of Greek and British Workers Stage Strikes As Governments Push Austerity Cuts [16:38m video]

Click here to access article from Democracy Now.

Workers in Europe are beginning to understand that they must fight back, that the existing political process cannot bring relief, and that they have tremendous power at their disposal to bring down the system.

"Democracy Now!" is a valuable left-liberal media source of information and analysis in the US, but it always skirts the underlying issue of capitalism. I don't know whether they do this to survive in a hostile US media environment or whether they actually believe that capitalism can be reformed to serve the interests of ordinary working people.