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
Friday, October 24, 2014
‘Cleansing the stock’ and other ways governments talk about human beings
From one comment made by a British government official, Monbiot expands on the subject of the abuse of language by members of the Empire's ruling capitalist classes to disguise their crimes against humanity. The abuse of language is an ongoing method they use to promote their goals of power and profit at the expense and suffering of us--the world's Ninety-Nine Percent. This is one more reason why we urgently need to establish our own media.