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
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Smooth Talkers: Marketing Imperial Civil Society
This brief article packs a lot of condensed insights about the ruling capitalist class's use of these three Chiefs of Public Relations and NGOs to support their class's never-ending wars, ever increasing debts for ordinary people both personal and sovereign, austerity policies, and the growing split between a small number of the very rich amidst huge numbers of the poor in the US.