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 29, 2012

Why are Workers Striking Across Spain and Portugal?

Sourced from Real News Network (transcript available there), an interview with Francisco Louca who is a Professor of Economics at Lisbon's Higher Institute of Economics and Management". He provides some excellent insights on how the neo-liberal strategy is currently attacking Europe's social democracy in order to reduce labor costs to the benefit of the One Percent's ruling classes.

Europe's workers are fighting back. Read about the general strike going on today in Spain in this article.