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, May 24, 2014
Down With Western ‘Democracy’! More Than a Voting Booth
Vltchek provides some great insights and many examples of the West, under the control of capitalists (although he doesn't make that explicit), using the historic dream of real democracy of billions across the globe to manipulate people into serving ruling capitalist class interests.