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 18, 2013
The article explains how the ruling class loves to use celebrities to provide cover for their sins, to co-opt environmentalists into colluding with them, and to divert attention and resources away from genuine activist movements. They often succeed, but not always as the author reports. However, in Armstrong's case, it was he who used the same model to cover his own sins.