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, June 3, 2017
The Coup, Then and Now – The Enemies of Humanity Try to Give Trump the JFK Treatment
I regard this lengthy piece as providing the best online history of the rise of the current US-led Empire that began in WWII to where it is today: a major threat to humanity. I know a lot about this history which encompasses most of my life, and Chaitkin's review of it matches and exceeds what I already know.
Although Trump's life is very much in danger, I don't regard him as being in a place where he could, like Kennedy, have any kind of positive influence on either national or international events. He is simply too uninformed to do that. Thus I am not worried about his assassination (or more likely impeachment), but I do worry about our future as humans. The loss of Trump will not be anything like the loss of Kennedy regarding the potential impact on our lives. Unlike Kennedy, Trump has no principles other than acquiring more wealth and power; and, as he is doing now, he will bend before the real powers in Wall Street and their powerful military and secret services to preserve his power. The only question is: will he bend sufficiently to placate the ruling class directorate.
I am convinced that only a grass-roots based revolution has the possibility of saving us. We must not look to any leader to save us--and certainly not Trump. We must save ourselves.