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, August 16, 2012

Beaten Down, Isolated, Angry, And Distracted

Click here to access article by Phil Rockstroh from Dissident Voice.

I hesitate to post his writings because they are so dense. I fear that only one who has excellent command of English can understand them. Even I find that I have to work at some paragraphs in order to fully grasp what he is communicating. But, the effort is always worth it. He doesn't so much describes what he sees, but evokes it with his creative use of words.

There is an unreality about living in the US that makes it difficult for people completely immersed in its mind-numbing experience to recognize it as a false reality. People who, like Rockstroh, have lived outside this culture can more readily see what he sees. Or, one who has long been alienated from mainstream culture like myself.

Here is one paragraph the meaning of which I recognized instantly: 
The fact that so many U.S. citizens continue to believe that they inhabit a democratic nation, devoted to the concept of freedom of speech, of the press, and of free assembly reveals something very troubling: that the internalization of the tacit tenets of the corporatist state (a mutant strain of classic fascism) is now embedded so deeply in the collective psyche of the U.S. populace, and has rendered all too many with only a cursory, at best, understanding of what civil liberties involve.