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, October 18, 2011

Europe's Politicians Side with the Protesters

Click here to access article from Spiegel Online.

The article is important because it describes how the "protests" are spreading all over Europe. What it doesn't mention is that this phenomenon is spreading all over the world. However, what this media source and the European politicians, like their American counterparts, don't comprehend is that this is no mere protest. (They still believe that there is no alternative to capitalism.) It is a rapidly developing a revolutionary consciousness among its young participants who are becoming aware that the present system is devouring whole populations and the planet that sustains them.