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
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears
Now that the Libyan project has finished, there seems to be a continuing drumbeat from establishment sources for a war on Iran. How convenient during this period of austerity, global protests, and financial debt crisis. Nothing like a war to distract people and bring in the profits! This strategy was widely used in the 20th century, and resulted in more concentration of wealth and power into the hands of the one percent, and the dilution of anti-capitalist activism.
Yes, folks--the Iranians are coming! And, they look scary!