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, April 26, 2012
A History of the World, BRIC by BRIC
There are few people who can cut through the haze of official rhetoric and mainstream media propaganda like this author can. He is a master at describing the real power plays on this chessboard of big power politics, also known as the 21st century's Great Game. I truly respect his knowledge of the game.
Unfortunately, salvation for the human race does not lie in the outcomes of these games. In fact, I think they will lead to the demise of the human race. A positive outcome lies elsewhere--with ordinary people. Are the 99 Percent going to passively wait and see how these games are played out? Or are they going to take control away from the One Percenters who are playing these dangerous games? Stay tuned,,,or better yet, stay active.