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, May 22, 2014

Pepe Escobar Thailand's coup in four minutes

A 4:15m video of Pepe Escobar explaining current political condition in Thailand, from RT.

He provides an excellent summary of a complicated current scene in Thailand in a short time. (By the way, he early on makes reference to the elderly Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand.)