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 LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Thatcher’s zombie ideology preying on our imagination

Click here to access article by Jerome Roos from Reflections on a Revolution.

While capitalist media organs are busy extolling the virtuous legacy of Margaret Thatcher upon her recent death, Roos writes about the real significance of the "useful idiot" who served so well her British neoliberal masters.

Beginning with this ironic statement,
...Tony Blair proved that it was never really Thatcher who ruled Britain, but the financial interests in the City of London all along. [my link]
he develops the argument that Thatcher's vicious attack on the British 99 Percent has morphed into today's public relation's designed neoliberal product:
This is capitalism with a human face; a blend of market fundamentalism specifically tailored to making you believe it is in your best interest to obey.