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

Thursday, November 17, 2011

David Leonhardt’s fairytale of austerity

Click here to access article by Jim O’Reilly from his blog, Comments on Global Political Economy.

The author deconstructs an opinion piece about the economy published in the NY Times and reveals what many in the OWS movement are now understanding: the one percent are hoarding and denying the fruits of technological wealth created by working people to working people--unless or until they can derive sufficient profit from it.
The earth is a great casino for the owners, nothing more, and human society will be allowed to fall to the dark ages if the species becomes no longer profitable.