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
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Murdoch is only one problem with press
Murdoch is only the most successful media moguls. He is a creature of the system run by the one percent for their benefit. He and his media colleagues are indispensable to the successful operation of the system across the globe. They function to keep citizens dis-informed, distracted, and consuming their endless, useless, and often harmful products.