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
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Botched DEA Raid Exposes How Militarization Terrorizes Communities Around the World
The authors illuminate the hidden story (from Americans) of the ongoing effort to secure access to raw materials in Central America under the guise of the "War on Drugs". This integration of the military forces of a targeted country with the Empire is the favorite method of US political operatives. In Honduras the integration appears to be complete--no doubt as a result of the major campaign under the Reagan administration to arm and train Honduran mercenaries to attack and destabilize the Sandinista government in nearby Nicaragua in the 1980s.