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, February 22, 2014

5 Signs America’s Super-Rich Are Going Off the Deep End

Click here to access article by Lynn Stuart Parramore from AlterNet.

From the recent hysterical rants from members of our Über-class, you might wonder if they are going off the deep end. After reading this, you might very well decide that they are.
Wealthy American citizens have gone into survivalist mode, constructing luxury bunkers and panic rooms in their fancy apartments. The 1 percent doomsday preppers are requesting everything from secret passageways to pepper-spray sprinklers, in preparation for every conceivable disaster and attacker. .... Some of the stuff is in the realm of science fiction, like infrared cameras, biometric technologies and ballistics-proof suites.