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 26, 2012
Florida at the forefront as states plan fresh assault on voting rights
This is an indication of a rather desperate move by the militant right-wing faction of the One Percent to gain control of the official political agenda in Washington. The upcoming November elections is an internecine battle between the two right-wing parties in the US. The outcome will determine whether the One Percent through the Republican party goes after the 99 Percent with a meat ax by slashing all public spending programs--except, of course, military--or whether they do the job with slower-acting poison administered by the Democratic party. Either way, the One Percent wins and we lose, as usual.
You might also be interested in a followup piece by the same author regarding Floridians who have been purged from voter lists.