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, October 9, 2015
Saudi Arabia likely to become a failed state as oil revenues decline
This elitist European website posts a paper by Ahmed in which he provides a variety of evidence and arguments that the head-chopping medieval kingdom will likely behead itself over the next decade. This, of course, could have all kinds of geopolitical consequences.