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

Towards a World Without 'Veterans'

Click here to access article by Mickey Z. from World News Trust.

Kudos to Mickey Z. for recovering a part of the real people's history, a part that has been purged from history books allowed in schools across the US. We have so much to unlearn about the history brought to us by our benevolent ruling class (sarcasm). Reading this piece, as well as other non-ruling class historical sources, can be a powerful antidote to the poisonous indoctrination of Empire schooling. Their self-serving infiltration of ideas and myths into the minds of young innocent children is the most powerful method of all that ruling class directors use to condition us to serve them.

The author also cuts through the hypocritical romanticizing of veterans that places them on some kind of pedestal when we should be honoring activists, whether veterans or non-veterans, who work and sacrifice so much for our benefit--not the benefit of our oppressors. We can do this, and a good way to start is by following his concluding suggestion:
Let’s reinvent this upcoming Veteran’s Day as a way to honor all the activists who fought before us and blazed a path.