An essay exploring the real origins of the Iraq War, written before the war started.It is important to keep in mind that this plan could never have been implemented if the 9/11 tragedy had not occurred. Either it was one of the most fortuitous events in ruling class history or it was at least a partially engineered event by the perpetrators of this plan.
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