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, November 23, 2013

Free Hugs Too Exotic for Saudi Police

Click here to access article by Erin Kilbride from Muftah.

It appears that hugging people in Saudi Arabia is a threat to public order, but the training and funding of terrorists by the Saudi rulers is okay. Isn't it interesting that the latter have been best friends with the directors of the Empire? Is it true that you can judge people by the friends they keep?

Saudi’s religious police have dubbed al-Swed and al-Khayyal’s “happiness” campaigns as “exotic practices” which “offend public order,” neither of which is to be tolerated in the Kingdom.