Government buildings are being trashed, ransacked. It is happening in Kiev and Bangkok, and in both cities, the governments appear to be toothless, too scared to intervene.His answers to these questions which he attempts to do in the balance of the article seems to attribute this to evil-doers in the West. I regard this "evil-doer" concept of what's wrong with the world is an "infantile disorder" that we must get over. It prevents us from identifying the primary causes of our problems which are systemic, and identifying effective solutions. If the US and its capitalist allies in the rest of the NATO countries (the "West") suddenly disappeared, we would see basically the same dynamics happening which would then be under the control of Russian and Chinese capitalists.
What is going on? Are popularly elected administrations all over the world becoming irrelevant as the Western regime creates and then supports thuggish ‘opposition movements’ designed to destabilize any state that stands in the way of its desire to fully control the planet?
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