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
Monday, February 3, 2014
American propaganda stokes the fire of Ukrainian disintegration
The author describes the US ruling class's propaganda efforts, directed mostly against its own citizens, to promote the separation of Ukraine from Russia's orbit and to bring it under the control of their Empire.
This is just the latest chapter of empire building that the US capitalist class and their international cronies have been engaging in since WWII, after which the US, under the control of the capitalist class, was left as the most powerful nation on earth. There is no end to the appetite of these empire builders. Thus, we will see no end to the mini-wars (for a long list, see this), the carefully managed uprisings, the hiring of terrorist armies, the corruption of government leaders, all in the service of expanding the Empire (the Fourth Reich?).
We will see no end of these events until we stop being deceived by the Empire's nefarious schemes and take away capitalist control of our society--because it should be, it must be, our society. We must declare our independence from them. We must stop working to fund their wars. We must stop believing their lies. We must stop joining their armies and going off to kill their enemies in foreign lands. We must stop their exploitation of, and their attack on, our biosphere--because if we fail to do so, all of humanity will perish. The only way we can accomplish all this is by taking away their system of exploitation--capitalism--that provides them with the wealth and power to ravage our lives and the planet.