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, March 18, 2013

Crisis? What crisis? Let's hit Syria

Click here to access article by Pepe Escobar from Asia Times Online.

This is another fine piece written in the inimitable humorously sarcastic style of this Brazilian journalist in an attempt to describe the way European "democracy" works. I, for one, gave up trying to understand how the European governmental institutions function after studying such graphic portrayals as this last year: