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

Debt, austerity, devastation: it’s Europe’s turn

Click here to access article by Susan George from New Internationalist

Unfortunately, the views expressed by this author are highly representative of "progressive" critics of austerity policies now threatening North American and European workers. They want to turn back the clock from neoliberalism to national oriented capitalism. You know...the kind of capitalism Europeans enjoyed under their former "social democratic" governments. This, of course, was a temporary fix used by capitalist directors after WWII to pacify European populations, who were entertaining socialist ideas, into accepting a milder version of capitalism. 

She correctly reviews the history of post-war capitalism as having moved from the exploitation of third world countries through debt-driven policies of international bankers to similar treatments now being imposed on European countries as well as North America. She doesn't seem to understand that capitalism has simply, and inexorably, gone global. Thus, she, like her fellow "progressives", can only advocate the futile idea of turning back the clock on the natural development of capitalism.
What the one per cent has imposed, the 99 per cent can reverse. But we’d better be quick about it: time is running out.