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
Sunday, May 18, 2014
'Worst of All Worlds' as Neoliberal BJP Wins India Elections in Landslide
Guess what? India's ruling class just held elections in which they gave their subjects a choice between a thoroughly corrupt candidate and party, and a candidate and party of a fascist neoliberal type. Sounds familiar? Well, they held elections, so they must have a "democracy", right? This is the type of "democracy" one gets from capitalist ruling classes all over the world. Read this and weep.