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

Monday, December 10, 2012

Militarization of America

Thanks to Cyrano's Journal Today for posting these videos produced by Oregon Peace Works.

It's clear that there is nothing radical about this presentation, but it does cut through all the deception and obfuscation that occurs in any mainstream reporting of military expenditures. This presentation is also very timely in view of the current propaganda war going on about the so-called budget crisis widely advertised as the "Fiscal Cliff", the purpose of which is to convince you that cut backs are needed on all social spending--Social Security, Medicare, education, welfare, unemployment compensation, etc. The hidden purpose is to enable our masters in the One Percent ruling class to spend more on war.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3