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, May 3, 2012

Punishment and Profits: Immigration Detention [23:52m video]

Click here to access 23:52m video from Al Jazeera, a Fault Lines production.

The system based on the private appropriation of socially produced wealth is now into the business of exploiting immigrant labor. The video shows how corporations commit a variety of other crimes against humanity while pursuing their exploitation of immigrant labor. 

Because Al Jazeera is essentially owned by the Emir of Qatar which has close ties with the US Empire, the video does not make any direct connection to the fact that immigrants are people forced out of their countries of origin by the destruction of their home economies under neoliberal policies.