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, May 2, 2015

Caving In to Corporatism: Endgame for Secret “Trade” Pact Negotiations

Click here to access article by "Don Quijones" (British expat living in Barcelona) from Wolf Street.

The author reports and comments on how European elites are making a pathetic attempt to preserve the illusion of democracy while supporting a major corporate effort to wrest control of European economies from limitations imposed on corporations by any representative type of government. Preserving democratic illusions is of critical importance to them because the legitimacy of capitalist rule rests on the foundation of these illusions.

If you read any ruling class policy piece for public consumption, you will frequently encounter the word "democracy" or "democratic" sprinkled throughout. Often the word is used as a synonym for capitalism because that is the way they want us ignorant masses to think of democracy. For example, even in a piece which promotes war strategies like a 2008 report from Rand Corporation entitled "Unfolding the Future of the Long War" on pages XVI - XVIII, you will find such references:
This strategy holds that the United States should use decisive conventional military force to change the regime in certain key Muslim countries and impose democracy in its place. [their emphasis] The theory here is that the geopolitical earthquake caused by regime change will empower democratic forces throughout the Muslim world and force much of the Salafi-jihadist warrior community to come out into the open to fight U.S. conventional forces, thus giving the United States a better chance of crushing them decisively. This strategy is part of the “Steady State” because of the continuing focus on building democracy at some level in Afghanistan and Iraq. Although the notion that the birth of democracy in those two countries would cause it to spread throughout the entire Middle East has long since been discredited, one can still argue that the existence of two democratic states in the middle of the Muslim world would create two likely security partners and potential allies for the United States over the long term.