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
Sunday, September 13, 2015
A Peace Activist Leads the Labour Party
It will be very interesting to see new British political drama featuring Jeremy Corbyn's Labor Party unfolds in the next scene. I am not very well informed about British politics, so I hesitate to express my views on how this drama will unfold. If his supporters think that the war criminals directing the Empire will let elections determine anything, they are in for some profound shocks. Unless Corbyn and his supporters construct a radical political organization from the bottom-up (a revolutionary organization) instead of merely trying to win power via capitalist managed elections, this drama will end with a series of disasters: a more disillusioned liberal-left public, more deep cynicism, apathy, and/or assassinations.