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, October 10, 2011

Why the Elites Are in Trouble

Click here to access article by Chris Hedges from Truthdig. 

I've been looking for reports that capture the true spirit of the Wall Street Occupiers. This is one of the very best because it really does clarify why the governing class is in trouble. Activists there are creating effective modes of people decision making, and this can be quite intoxicating. People feeling their power, feeling that each individual is important, and working out ways to promote the best ideas so that the larger assembly can act on them. This is what democracy looks like. And once people become addicted to such power, it is very difficult to go back to "business as usual".
These protesters have not come to work within the system. They are not pleading with Congress for electoral reform. They know electoral politics is a farce and have found another way to be heard and exercise power. They have no faith, nor should they, in the political system or the two major political parties. They know the press will not amplify their voices, and so they created a press of their own. They know the economy serves the oligarchs, so they formed their own communal system. This movement is an effort to take our country back.