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

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ruling Class Victory

Click here to access article by Margaret Kimberley from Black Agenda Report.
The class war is nearly over, and those at the top of the heap have once again achieved a clear victory. They and their minions can be held in abeyance but only if there is a realization that we are in a war in the first place.[My emphasis] The much discussed congressional deal on the budget ceiling is a win only for the people who want to do away with the little bit of safety net and democracy we have left.
Many people all over world have come to this conclusion and are fighting back in every way they know how. Unfortunately, here in the US I continue to see too many symptoms of a disintegrating society where the vast majority of citizens are unaware of what is happening to them, and even worse, are turning on themselves.  See this, and this

However, we must all keep things in perspective. This is only the latest battle we, as working people, have lost. The war is far from over.