...the official story is that 19 Arab hijackers armed only with box cutters managed to, in a few hours, defeat a command, control, communications, and intelligence system that cost the United States trillions of dollars to build. That is worthy fodder for any Hollywood fantasy movie. Unfortunately, the U.S. government continues to insist that the American people buy this "Alice in Wonderland" nonsensical story.
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