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
Friday, August 23, 2013
Capitalism Cannot Be Reformed
This writer clearly sees that capitalism is the real religion that directors of most countries practice and preach in today's world. Formal religions have long been used by ruling classes to serve their interests of power and exploitation.
He then proceeds to attack the liberal position which merely wants to reform capitalism. Most of his article focuses on the deep contradictions between the system and a sustainable planet, or one that can sustain human and many other life forms.