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
Friday, October 5, 2012
Obama Can Keep the Change?
For those of you who watched the latest performance of "American democracy" (Obama-Romney debate) put on by the One Percent to citizens who want to believe in fairy tales about how they are governed, I offer this piece as an antidote to any sickening aftereffects. It is a surefire cure. But, if that doesn't work, try this.