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, July 9, 2012
Iran won't crack
The author ridicules US political operatives and the directors in their mad pursuit of bringing Iran to its knees. They seem stuck in neoconservative policies which produced the Iraq disaster.
In my opinion, they seem unable to face a deteriorating dominance that they have taken for granted since WWII. They remind me of the Nazi high command which saw Western capitalist countries cater to their every whim, giving them one country after another, until the Nazis began to see themselves as invincible. Instead of merely going east to attack the Soviet Union as was hoped by Western elites, they rolled their Panzers into Western European countries and sent bombing raids against Britain. Although I don't expect that a major war to break out over this Iranian obsession, Empire directors are playing a very risky game.