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

Friday, April 20, 2018

Real Reporting on Syria by Publius Tacitus (updated with a disclaimer)

Click here to access article by Patrick Lang from his website Sic Semper Tyrannis.  (I added in the last paragraph a disclaimer after viewing this video produced by OANN. This was added at 8:50 AM Seattle time on 4/21/2018.) 

This is a perfect example of how ordinary people with their native honesty can produce authentic news reports. This is in stark contrast to what we are getting from the ruling capitalist class who are addicts to profits and power, and as such the media which they own can no longer report honest news. So, who are you going to pay attention to or believe? Media corporations under the control of addicts to power or those run on a shoestring by ordinary, healthy people? 
While the vast majority of the media--print and electronic--have been missing in action on the real story about what happened on the ground in Douma, Syria, the upstart, conservative One America News Network showed up. A OANN reporter went to Damascus and actually did some reporting. He found no evidence whatsoever that chemical weapons had been used. Please watch.

(With the posting of this video, I am not endorsing OANN as a general source of reliable news and progressive views. As indicated above, OANN is a conservative network. That means it is funded by rich, property-owning people who live off "their property" instead of their work. That, in turns, means that they are supporters of the present class structured, capitalist society that gives them so much power. This video could also be a part of the effort to discredit the Trump administration in a widely coordinated effort by neoliberal capitalists to get rid of Trump as I argued in this post.)