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
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
'Government Allowed 9/11 | Interview with Sibel Edmonds'
I can't recommend Edmonds' book entitled Classified Woman enough. It is a story of her Kafkaesque experience working for the FBI and trying courageously in spite of them to protect her country. One caveat--once you start reading it, you may not be able to put the book down until you've finished it.
1:30 PM: I little while ago I stumbled on the following 51:23m interview with Sibel Edmonds. The interviewers to a considerable extent allowed her to free associate on a lot of related topics, however it worked. Few people are as articulate and brilliant as she is, and this is revealed in the number of very insightful observations she explains so clearly in the interview. The topics she covers include the corrupting influence of funders, NGOs, phony or corrupted alternative media, consumer pressures, Hollywood, and academia; the futility of attacking lower levels of symptomatic issues; and the use of "conspiracy theorists" to marginalize critics.
Let me be clear: she is not a political radical--at least, not yet. But, she is a very independent thinker and a very brave and decent person. In the past 11 years of her ordeal with the FBI she has learned what has taken much of my adult life of 55 years to learn.
Thanks go to the folks at Smells Like Human Spirit for arranging and posting this interview: