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
Friday, November 29, 2013
Rise Up, Fight Back!
The author uses a gentrification issue in New York to introduce a bigger issue: the restriction of activist tactics to "non-violence", an position so loudly and moralistically affirmed by self-proclaimed spokespeople for activists such as Chris Hedges following his career at the NY Times, the "newspaper of record" for the ruling class.
Meanwhile, we see the purveyors and perpetrators of violence globally meeting in the White House to plan their next actions in service to their capitalist masters.