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
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
“We gather together today not to praise capitalism, but to bury it.” An Anti-Eulogy
Having once lived in Oakland, California, I know that Oaklanders love to party and recently they came up with a grand idea...well, actually a fantasy about the death of capitalism and they decided that a (early) celebration would be great fun. In these dark days where the brute force of capitalism is not only using its instruments of violence to secure its domination over every place that might have resources that can be turned into profit, but is threatening the very ecosystem upon which we all depend, we need such fantasies to sustain our hope for the battle ahead, to give us the courage to wage the daily effort it will require to transform this fantasy into a glorious reality.
Read the article and join the celebration!