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, June 15, 2012

Greeks Face a Momentous Decision

Click here to access the source of this 14:01m video and script of Paul Jay's interview with Costas Lapavitsas who is a professor in economics at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies.
If Syriza wins coming elections and does not fulfill its promises, face up to leaving the Euro, it will open a path for far right.
I think that Greece can be seen as a microcosm for much of the world.  Will the One Percent continue with their efforts to place the 99 Percent in perpetual debt servitude, or will citizens fight back and start down the road to take control of their societies? How this modern Greek drama plays out is loaded with implications for what might happen in the rest of the Western world.