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, August 15, 2013

Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists Condemn Violent Dispersal of pro-Morsi Sit-ins

Click here to access article by Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialist group posted on Muftah.

Referring to the current brutal crackdown on Morsi supporters in Egypt, the authors write:
It is a bloody dress rehearsal for the liquidation of the Egyptian revolution. It aims to break the revolutionary will of all Egyptians who are claiming their rights, whether workers, poor, or revolutionary youth, by creating a state of terror.
Looking at this tragic current Egyptian crisis from an historical perspective, I see it as another test for working people to see if they can rise above ruling class efforts to divide them into classes, nationalities, genders, religions, sects, young versus old, etc, which has always led to their defeat. This statement clearly reflects a sane response to the crisis. Will the Egyptians be the first in the era of civilization to embrace this profound insight and successfully take collaborative actions against their true oppressors in order to create an inclusive, classless, real democracy? Stay tuned, better yet, stay active.