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, March 10, 2012
Scooter Libby v. Bradley Manning
The author provides us with an excellent opportunity to compare two outcomes based on the release of state secrets by someone who serves the One Percent ruling class with someone who serves the interest of the rest of us--the 99 Percent. In the first case there was a lot of information also released that was intentionally deceptive and resulted in millions of deaths resulting from war. Of course, this disparity in justice runs throughout the legal system, as well as every other system of this class structured society that pretends to be democratic.