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
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
How This Democracy Of Ours Works
The author reviews some important history lessons for us to reflect on and consider their implications.
Following the article there is the usual commentator who defensively declares that there is no mention of "democracy" in our Constitution. Instead it refers to a "republic". To his credit, he reports on the thinking of the founders of this new republic and their fears and detestation of "democracy". This view is absolutely correct. But the commentator ignores how the fake ideology of "democracy" was spread by this new ruling class throughout the land and in every institution since then to deceive and manipulate people to support the policies of the One Percent.