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, April 13, 2015
Controlling the Multitude
In this British online journal for leftists Couesbouc focuses on the methods used by the capitalist class to maintain their rule. Well, the obvious first one is the imposition of violence or the threat of violence against serious dissenters. The other methods are more subtle, but arguably just as effective.