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
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Chile: US-Trained Army Officers Tortured, Murdered Leftist Singer Victor Jara During ’73 CIA Coup
One of history's most beautiful persons among social justice and peace activists, singer-songwriter Victor Jara was cruelly murdered essentially by Empire's operatives back in 1973. Only now are Chilean authorities going after his killers. Unfortunately as usual, these are the small fries; the real killers among US policy directors and war criminals such as Kissinger, officers of ITT corporation, and CIA directors have still escaped justice.
Here we listen to the words of his last song (in English) about "the face of fascism":
Here we listen to one of his political love songs which made him so popular: