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

Sunday, August 11, 2013

A Texan tragedy: ample oil, no water

Click here if you wish to access the source of this 5:50m video in an article by Suzanne Goldenberg from The Guardian
I turned on the faucet and nothing was there! And we're in the United States, in America, and this should just not happen!