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
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
JFK’s Death Marked the End of the American Republic
I have read widely on the topic of JFK's assassination, and I followed this event from the very beginning. My research and experience supports all the observations by this author except for a few details that I wasn't aware of or have forgotten (for example, that Permindex was a front-company for CIA, MI-6 and Mossad). And I thoroughly agree with Broeckers that this was the pivotal event of the second half of the 20th century.
Actually, I think it could be argued successfully that it is the most influential single event in US history. Everything of political significance that has happened since then, wherever the US has been involved, has antecedents in that event (examples: the assassinations of ML King and Bobby Kennedy, the "War on Drugs", most of the invasions and subversions of other countries, 9/11, the never-ending "War on Terror", and the NSA revelations). Because the American people were not able to successfully challenge the coverups by ruling class directors and their involvement in the event, this country and the world has descended into a new dark age, although this time a political/economic one in which we are living today. By successfully accomplishing the assassination of the president, they then knew they could get away with anything.
My knowledge of US history also confirms Broeckers' conclusion that the assassination was inevitable given the power that had been amassed by Wall Street connected people following WWII. What was not inevitable is the fact that they got away with the crime.