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 1, 2012
WikiLeaks vs. Stratfor: Pursue the Truth, Not Its Messenger
Isn't it interesting how people such as those employed by Murdoch's media empire get away with intercepting emails of victims in order to write sensational stories for their media, but people who pursue the truth are criminalized. And well connected organizations that spy on American activists are rewarded with huge government contracts. Such is life at the center of the Empire.