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

Saturday, February 7, 2015

West's agri-giants snap up Ukraine

Click here to access article by Frederic Mousseau, Policy Director at the Oakland Institute, from Uncommon Thought Journal.
Western corporations have not just taken control of certain profitable agribusinesses and agricultural activities, they have now initiated a vertical integration of the agricultural sector and extended their grip on infrastructure and shipping.
My only criticism of this report is that the author too frequently uses a favorite term of neoliberal agents to provide a nice sounding cover for activities that promote the purchase of assets in foreign countries by capitalists in the Empire: "reform".