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, December 1, 2014

Forget Zombies. The Real Threat to Humanity Is Robots

Click here to access article by Gar Smith from Global Research.

Smith alerts us to a rapidly growing threat to working people in this excellent and timely article.
Diligent observers of new technology predict the Advent of the Automaton will have an impact as great—or greater—than the rise of Industrial Agriculture or the invention of the Internet.  
Under capitalism what could be a blessing for all people is turned into a major threat for all people...except for those who own the machines. Unfortunately, Smith's shortsightedness sheds no light on the real solution to this contradiction: a revolutionary rearrangement of the economy to serve people instead of merely a tiny segment known as investors or capitalists.

And worse still, the Pentagon is getting into the act by imagining and planning robot wars.