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

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Surviving on the Battlefield in the Information War [a must-read]

Click here to access article by Tony Cartalucci from New Eastern Outlook.
The truth is hard to arrive at, not only because people intentionally seek to fool others, but because often, many unintentionally fool themselves. Reality can be unpleasant. Watching a nation be destroyed can be heartbreaking and the desire to insulate oneself from the pain through cognitive dissonance can be overwhelming. However, one of the greatest maxims in human conflict is to truly know yourself and know your enemy. Truth isn't just a matter of virtue, it is a factor that will make the difference between victory and defeat.

If victory over the forces of greed and hegemony is truly our goal, then we must face the facts no matter how unpleasant. Our failure to do so will cost us everything - and those driven by greed and hegemony know. That is why they have invested so much in clouding reality and obfuscating the truth. We must invest more in seeing through this clouded reality, and discover the truth, no matter how unpleasant.
It is clear to me that Cartalucci is one of the world's top truth-seekers. In this article he shares with us how we too can become a more proficient truth-seeker, and why it is so important in our struggle to create social justice in the capitalist class dominated societies that exist today. In our present era of capitalist rule, lying in addition to weaponry has become very advanced. We must be prepared to fight their lies with the truth, and Cartalucci gives us some important advice on how to do this.

Class oppressors must always lie as another means of maintaining their dominance.  If we are to survive as humans, we simply must end the practice of class-structured societies that have existed for the last 2% of human history. If we fail to accomplish this and fail to learn how to live in peace with each other and sustainably with nature--because we are a (very small) part of nature--we humans will surely disappear from Mother-Earth.