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 LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Declining Pax Americana

Click here to access the latest 28:16m CrossTalk program from RT. (Note: the discussion in this particular program starts of with the panelist's comments about Defense Sec. Carter's recent aggressive statements about Russia and China. You may want to listen to a 2:58m extract from Carter's speech or read this report of his speech before listening to the discussion.)
The U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter recently made a speech that was as direct as it was blunt. Emerging global powers such as Russia and China are a threat to the Washington-centric world and need to be challenged. Well now…who is upping the ante? CrossTalking with Pepe Escobar, Patrick Henningsen, and Daniel Wagner.