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, March 27, 2015

Is Venezuela Really an ‘Extraordinary Threat’ to the United States?

Click here to access article by Greg Grandin from The Nation.

Grandin lists some of the practical adverse effects that such a declaration may cause for Venezuelans and some information about the economic realities of life in Venezuela.