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

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Remembering the true legacy of JFK

Click here to access article by Kalim Rajab from Daily Maverick (South Africa).

This writer remembers the profound contribution that this young president made to the world in opposition to all the Pentagon officials who wanted a nuclear war.
For all his fabled rhetoric, the principle theme of his presidency was preventing nuclear war. It is difficult to understand quite what a fraught world Kennedy inherited from his predecessor, Ike Eisenhower. These were years when humankind came closest to nuclear destruction. Nothing we’ve faced before or since - not two World Wars, not bubonic plague, not even the war on terrorism - has come even close.
Eisenhower has too often been credited with a warning about the "military-industrial complex". He only made reference to this threat in one sentence in his final speech as president. The fact is, he allowed it to thrive along with the emerging secret agencies of the spy complex. Kennedy in his short time in office had to contend with all these forces that wanted a preemptive nuclear war with the Soviet Union and a war in Indochina.