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

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Don’t Northwoods Iran

Click here to access article by Jacob Hornberger from The Future of Freedom Foundation. 

The author provides a useful service to all Americans by resurrecting the widely suppressed history of US war criminals and the methods they have used to prepare Americans to go to war. Unfortunately, this liberal author is unable, or unwilling, to see these activities as being perfecting rational within the predatory system of capitalism.
All the buzz over possible war with Iraq brings us a déjà vu feeling, given that U.S. officials prepared Americans with similar pre-war hype in the run up to their war on Iraq. WMDs. Mushroom clouds over American cities. An insane dictator. Threats to national security. Etcetera.