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, October 5, 2014
‘Biden tries to distance US from the mess in the Mideast’
Machon seems as mystified as most other people with Biden's remarks, but tries to speculate on Biden's motives for his latest gaff (see this and this): this time in relation to the Empire's closest allies in the Middle East. I am referring, of course, to the Medieval kingdoms of Saudi Arabai, United Arab Eremites, and Qatar, in addition to Turkey.
I offer my own speculation. It was just another gaff by someone who has never completely mastered the art of lying especially when addressing an audience that is much more savvy about world affairs. In contrast to Obama, he is much less skilled at using Empire rhetoric to deflect attention away from the realities of Empire politics. I think he is more motivated by a desire to gain approval from his audience. Of course, what he told Harvard students is far from the whole truth. Now after telling some of the truth about these shady allies, he's having to clean up the mess.