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, March 7, 2014

Manifesto 2014

Click here to access article by the Greek collective writing for their website Eagainst.

Writing from a nation that is feeling the boot of neoliberalism stomping on their lives, people in this Greek collective have awakened from this nightmare to create a radically different vision for their future. Although the piece suffers a bit in its translation into English and from a format that does not favor reading via computer, it offers much inspiration in these dark days of capitalist rule. Here are a few samples:
...we reject the contemporary global political infrastructure, the concentration of power in the hands of the few which reproduces and perpetuates poverty, inequality and injustice in all areas, leading inevitably to violence and dissolving any bond of social solidarity. The existing political system of liberal oligarchies deprives humanity as it measures every human value in profit (the only dominant value) destroying every spirit of friendship.

...we propose to replace all of
[capitalist] institutions...[with] political bodies that will allow all citizens to participate in the making (and taking) of decisions concerning public life, popular assemblies in squares, municipalities, workplaces (schools, factories, universities). Equality, friendship, solidarity and human creation for us should be a key objective of these new institutions.
One sentence that is especially impaired by translation into English is this:
The entire bureaucratization for our lives is characterized by the sheer totality of capitalist (and every heteronomous) imaginary that embraces every aspect of human activity and condition.
 I think that a better way to express this is: 
Our lives are shaped by the ruling class's ideological control that is pervasive throughout all institutions.