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
Friday, March 1, 2013
US judge orders release of two anarchists held for five months without charges
The political operatives of the One Percent have many ways of getting around the civil rights of citizens as spelled out in the Constitution. The operation of grand juries is often used for this purpose. Here we see people locked up without charge and placed in solitary confinement for much of their five months of incarceration for refusing to testify about the political beliefs and activities of their companions.