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, March 8, 2012
The Obama Admins 'Death Committee'
Columbia law school professor Scott Horton comments on Attorney General Eric Holder's attempt to justify the Obama's administration's declaration that they can decide to kill you if they regard you as a threat.
Isn't capitalist "democracy" wonderful where one is given the opportunity to choose leaders from the sordid assortment offered by the political parties of the One Percent? Of course, these candidates are not the real decision makers, but the 99 Percent must have their delusions about elections and "democracy" maintained. But, you say, "what about the Constitution? Well yes, that is a nice document, but rather quaint, don't you think?
A more comprehensive report on how Attorney General Holder attempted to justify this new policy is provided by David Swanson from AlterNet.