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, December 14, 2012

Break the grip of corporate power to secure our future

Click here to access article by George Monbiot from The Guardian.

This liberal writer makes the startling (to him and other liberals) assertion that neo-liberalism is not what it purports to be, that it is essentially a dogma to hide the power grab by plutocrats to gain control of more wealth. Of course, what liberals want is a return to the "golden age" of government controls and regulation which restrained the anti-societal actions of the rich and their ruling classes. 

It's nice to see that liberals are finally getting worried about the increasing and self-serving grip of plutocrats over societies, but they still fail to see that this development is only the natural course of capitalism, the religion of our ruling class that cannot be questioned (besides, "there is no alternative"). Thus, we still see liberals like Monbiot who refuse to question their religion apparently fearing excommunication which might impede their own pursuit of wealth and influence in capitalist media circles. Still, they like to make radical sounding statements like this which those of us who do question can take more seriously:
...the struggle against climate change - and all the crises which now beset both human beings and the natural world - cannot be won without a wider political fight: a democratic mobilisation against plutocracy.