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, August 21, 2014

Ukraine Crisis Continues

Click here to access article by Paul Craig Roberts from his blog.

The articles written by this former member of the Reagan administration are widely re-posted in many alternative websites because he has exposed so many lies of the One Percent's government and media. Because of many such writings in recent years, he is regarded as a political renegade by the One Percent, and often as a champion to many on the left. Clearly he deserves a lot of respect for rejecting the fascist slippery road that our ruling class is going down, and affirming the truth about their policies regardless of the personal costs that he has had to pay in relationships with his former class friends. 

However, the logic of his thinking as so well expressed in this article leads to very dangerous conclusions. Unfortunately, many other astute observers like William Engdahl and Pepe Escobar, including leftists, agree with his logic--and therefore his conclusions. But there is one major flaw in the logic of all these anti-imperialist critics: they all make the TINA (there is no alternative--to capitalism) assumption. With this assumption their logic inevitably leads them to favor other capitalist gangs in some kind of paradise that is often referred to as a "multi-polar world". 

I don't recall Robert's use of this term, but he uses the same basic logic. Thus, his logic regarding the aggressive policies pursued by the Empire in Ukraine leads him into arguing for an aggressive response by Russia that could easily lead to a major conflagration between nations armed with nuclear weapons. Having already argued that "Washington...relies on violence", he lamely advocates an attempt at diplomacy. Then he finally reaches a more realistic (in terms of his logic) conclusion:
If this very reasonable and diplomatic approach to Europe fails, then Russia and China know that they must prepare for war.
We the people of the world, sometimes known as the global Ninety-Nine Percent, represent the only force that can prevent the destruction of humanity either through a series of global wars over diminishing resources by capitalist gangs or an immediate nuclear holocaust by major capitalist gangs. It is finally up to us to save our species and many other species from the actions of the global capitalist gangs whose actions will inevitably lead to our extinction. We must destroy the system that is driving the actions of the global One Percents, and replace it with one that can sustain not only human life, but the lives of many other species.