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
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Sequestration: Crisis by stealth
The author provides an accurate picture to describe his headline, a picture where we see the One Percent striving to save themselves on the sweat and backs of workers throughout the One Percent's neoliberal world.
He concludes his essay with a choice that the 99 Percent must make, a choice that reminds me of the choice that Rosa Luxembourg posed while in prison opposing the first world war nearly 100 years ago: "it's either socialism or barbarism".