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
Monday, August 18, 2014
USA jobs lost 2008-14, average wage of jobs lost, average wage of jobs gained
Here is some hard data and graphs from a U.S. Conference of Mayors report to confirm what we have been witnessing in the US economy: a continuing decline of good-paying jobs and the impoverishment of workers.