The tactic of the United States to economically isolate Russia to prevent it from coming to the aid of the Ukrainian population has had the opposite effect to what was intended: it is pushing Moscow in the arms of Beijing, so that, in the long run, the Eastern European-Asian block which is gaining steam will surpass the power of Western countries.This, of course, is good news to all those people who believe in multi-polar capitalist gangs as a way toward peace. I, on the other hand, believe that the world will become more dangerous as the new gangs gain ground and fight for ascendancy, and the old gang, the US Empire, fights to hold on.
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