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, July 5, 2012
Blockade of the Strait of Hormuz. Iran’s Options: A Historical Perspective
An Iranian parliamentary committee has recently issued a bill calling for a blockade of oil tankers in the Straits of Hormuz bound for countries supporting sanctions against Iran. The bill appears to have widespread support in the parliament, but faces other hurdles even if passed. Meanwhile, Western countries are sending warships to the area. Another game of "chicken" that elites like to play, and which have such dire consequences for many in the 99 Percent.