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
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Secret Lives of the Super Rich
This posting about a new TV program probably belongs in a "believe it, or not" category. What are the TV executives thinking?! I haven't seen it, but judging from the material at this website I'm quite shocked. Do they think that they can rub our noses in the lives of rich people and we'll love it? Well, maybe so. Surely, they do all kinds of market testing before they launch a program like this. I recall that during the 1930's Depression, Hollywood made a number of films that featured the lives of the rich.