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
Monday, October 7, 2013
Intel union: Spy agency heads won’t roll with US and UK allied
She points out some differences in the way US and their Empire counterparts in Britain are handling the Snowden spy scandal. Whereas in the US, Empire directors are going through the motions of investigation and discussion, their British counterparts seem to be imposing police state measures of censorship and intimidation to handle the controversy. Cultural differences?