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
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Privatising Europe: Using the crisis to entrench neoliberalism
This article provides a summary statement to a larger PDF report about the ongoing efforts by unelected ruling class agents to turn state assets into private property. Empire strategists are currently dismantling social democracy in Europe to promote greater control and wealth extraction by capitalist elites. I encourage you to read the PDF report, which is of moderate length, to gain more insights on this process, how it works, and the forms it takes in various countries of Europe. (You will need Adobe reader software.)
The report is deficient in recommending only a reversal of neoliberal reforms to restore the social democratic political structure. Social democracy was only a temporary truce by European capitalists with workers following the devastating world wars for dominance between the Anglo-American empire and Germany's Reich.
The fatal flaw for humanity is the capitalist addiction to more power and wealth derived from the exploitation of workers and nature. This addiction supplied by the system of capitalism is now threatening the very ecosystem that supports human life. It is no longer an issue only about social justice, it is now about human and other species survival. What is now imperative is a worldwide mobilization of people to fight for peoples' sovereignty and sustainable economies that can coexist in a healthy way with nature.