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, July 17, 2015

Is Mexico Ready For Life Without Its Sugar Daddy?

Click here to access article by Don Quijones from Wolf Street.

This ex-patriot British blogger, in addition to living in Spain, sometime resides in Mexico (with his wife of Mexican origins) and follows events in that country quite closely. In this article he alerts us to a very important development in Mexican affairs that will impact the nation for years to come. Of course, such an important neoliberal event is not reported in mainstream news, but you can read about from this independent observer.
As the world’s attention is transfixed by every new development in Chapo Guzman’s latest audacious prison break, something much more important – and potentially more dangerous – is happening in Mexico. Yesterday the country held its first auction of offshore oil leases, bringing to an end 77 long years of state control over energy.