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 3, 2014
Hurtling Into Darkness: America's Great Leap Towards Global Tyranny
I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by the dark truths that Chuckman has so well expressed about today's world and American society. I have only very minor quibbles with his point of view, and so I won't bother to express them in a commentary. This piece has moved me more than any other single article I have posted over almost five years of this blog. We are fast approaching a very frightening dystopia and I see only very scattered awareness of this development and inadequate responses in opposition to it.
However, I believe there are glimmers of hope. The main one being that the ruling class is creating a system in which they need far fewer middle class people to manage it for them, hence a shrinking middle class, and worse: many young people with highly trained skills and huge debts who might think of rebelling.
Enough said. Please read it and see if you don't agree with his dark vision.
Hopefully, you and I will not be discouraged by his pessimistic vision, but see it as an urgent warning and a renewed call to action.