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

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A selection of today's must-read articles

by Ron Horn.

I simply do not have the time today to do my usual review of articles which, in my view, have major importance in understanding critical and other major issues currently facing humans. In place of this I will simply list some articles that I hope you will read and think about.

* Pharmaceutical Firm Makes Billions by Fueling Opioid Crisis
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* The Deep State’s JFK Triumph Over Trump 

* What is really wrong with Russia Today and Sputnik?

* The Kurdish Push For Federalization Of Syria