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
Sunday, January 15, 2012
The Doomsday Project and Deep Events: JFK, Watergate, Iran-Contra, and 9/11
It seems like Scott has been around forever warning us about the secret machinations of people who have directed so many awful events from behind the facade of official institutions and the smoke and mirrors of mass media propaganda. I remember his revelations during my politically active days in the 1960s.
His tales of hidden power manipulating events sometimes seems so bizarre that one can be forgiven for thinking that they are science fiction--except anyone who has been able to access difficult-to-find independent news material and/or who was close to the events.
However, I think the way he presents the material contributes to a sense of unbelievability. I think he tries to cover too much ground in too little space. This second part of his essay reads almost like an outline. True, he does provides a lot of references, but too many refer to his own past writings. There is now so many other great works produced by people who carefully investigated the material he writes about and corroborate nearly all of it. Much of this material can be accessed by reading the books I've recommended on the right hand side of this blog. And, there are a lot of other books, but this list is a good place to start.