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, October 31, 2015

Why Do We Have Wars, Mummy?

The following political graphic was borrowed from Raging Bull-Shit.

One point which is not made clear in this graphic is that people who "win" in a capitalist system are psychopathic/sociopathic almost by definition. This is because capitalism divides societies into basically two segments: "owners" and workers, and their interests are diametrically opposed. The owners and controllers of our money and our economy (capitalists) are motivated strictly by their own selfish interests, and basically these interests consist of more wealth and power which they obtain by essentially renting workers to create wealth. Ownership of the media and rigorous control over all information is necessary to insure that workers are misinformed about wars, ignorant of how capitalism really works, and show up each day to create more wealth and power for the capitalist elite. Even worse, they use pro-war propaganda to motivate workers to join their armies and kill others in order so that they can steal and control other nations' workers and resources.