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
Monday, August 8, 2011
The ugly face of austerity? Massive riots in Tottenham
Class war is now raging in north London. Meanwhile, US mainstream media is almost totally focused on the stock market collapse. While I write this post, I am watching CNN's Wolf Blitzer giving an extensive interview with billionaire Donald Trump. Trump blames it all on China! As the Empire's Wall Street casino is burning, the ruling class spokespeople are shaking in their boots.
And, even Israelis protested in massive numbers over the weekend! Read "Historic protest in Israel: over 300,000 demand social justice".