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, May 23, 2013
The Growing Global Challenge to Monsanto’s Monopolistic Greed
Liberal media in the US love to target leading global corporations like Monsanto, but they refuse to recognize that targeting them is only attacking a symptom of the disease, not the disease itself which is the system of capitalism. Thus, it doesn't matter who the capitalist player is: you can substitute Monsanto with Nestle or Cargill or XYZ Inc, and you get the same result--public interests sacrificed for the benefit of private interests. This is what corporations were designed to do!
While it can be useful to point out problems caused by corporations, by not linking the issues to the system, liberal media sources like Truthout serve an important function for the ruling class by diverting attention and energies away from the real problem--the system itself.