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, August 21, 2012
Media Turn A Blind Eye To Record Greenland Ice Melt
It is clear to me that the Ministry of Truth thinks that bad news related to ecosystem collapse and never ending wars might adversely impact the stock market. Therefore they have issued instructions to all mainstream media corporations to omit coverage of such events and, instead, focus on issues that can divide and/or distract Americans such as abortion rights, gun laws, gay marriage, and a new comedy series on TV.