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
Thursday, February 20, 2014
The Day The Revolution Was Televised
This blogger is a film buff who likes to post and recommend films on this website. This is one that I think is a real classic, a rare on-the-scene filming of an actual attempted revolution by Venezuelan capitalists in collaboration with US agents.
If the scenes of the attempted coup look anything like what has happened in countless other nations from Chile to Libya and currently in Ukraine, it is not accidental. One element in common with all such CIA engineered coups that I've noticed is the use of snipers to spread terror among the population as a prelude to the actual takeover.
Needless to say such productions as this film are verboten in the US. You can watch it here. I have my own DVD copy that I obtained from someone working in Venezuela.