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
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Facebook Bans Ad Criticising Mark Zuckerberg’s Pro-KXL Stance
Judging by his optimistic conclusion, the author clearly doesn't understand the power of money in the system of capitalism. He doesn't understand why the capitalist class could insert sections in constitutions promising "freedom of speech" and other such freedoms, and proclaim that they were running a "democracy" when this power of money could easily determine which speech is read or heard, or any other such freedom could be exercised.