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
Monday, May 28, 2012
U.S. Human rights activists document U.S. participation in massacre of Moskito people
Being on several list-serves, I receive frequent reports like this related to mostly US and Canadian mining corporations who need to drive indigenous people off their lands to gain access to valuable resources. Of course, such reports almost never make it into mainstream news media and most North Americans are completely unaware of these atrocities.