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, November 4, 2017

Today's recommended articles (11/4/2017)

by Ron Horn
Then there are two posts by The Saker featuring Russian TV programs (here and here) which lampoons the current political scene in the US. Although the guests on these TV programs entertained the Russian audience with hilarious stories about their experiences with US corporate media and US authorities, I, as an American, felt embarrassment and deep disgust for my country. Thus, I didn't listen to much of the second post.