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, January 6, 2013

Living The Guns Dream

Click here to access article by Kiva Loaner from The Global Sociology Blog. My comments also are in relation to this piece entitled "Repeal the Second Amendment" by Tom H. Hastings from The PeaceWorker

It's very understandable for people to be concerned about the proliferation of guns in private hands, in the hands of people who do not normally use them, are amateurs at handling them, who may be unstable, etc. But, it seems to me what is always missing from their attacks on gun ownership is any mention of government's use of weapons on people. 

And, of course, the major government that uses not only guns, but all sort of sophisticated means of violence against people is the US-led NATO Empire. This Empire is under the control of the One Percent class who essentially "own", and thus control, the most essential component of our societies--the economy. If you need to experience an immediate example of their use of violence, or the threat of its use, show up at protest rally where you will see enforcers of the One Percent decked out in their dark vader uniforms and armed to the teeth.