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

Friday, May 4, 2012

Of Conspiracies, Critics, and the Crisis: Reflections on the 99% Spring

Click here to access article by Edmund Berger from Dissident Voice. 

This is a highly intelligent examination of various groups in the US trying to co-opt and distract the Occupy movement into more acceptable actions that will not interfere with business as usual. Some among them are simply are not conscious of the fundamental problem that informs so many disasters awaiting us if we fail to change the capitalist system.
Recent and influential treaties, such as The Shock Doctrine and The Corporation, or the articles published in progressive magazines such as The Nation and Mother Jones, have raised awareness about the destructive tendencies of neoliberalism, showing how they dissolve national boundaries, exploit poor and undeveloped countries, and curtail representative democratic practices by buying off politicians. Yet these publications, for the most part, tend to equate capitalism with its current neoliberal incarnation, and also serve to position corporations – not the underlying structures of the capitalist mode of production – as the problem.
Only groups and people who support horizontal democracy deserve our support and, more importantly, our participation. See this, and this.