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

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Bolivia - President Addresses General Debate, 73rd Session

Listen (below) to Evo Morales in his yesterday's speech to the UN General Assembly uploaded on YouTube (begin at 11:10m to skip his remarks about an issue with Chile) and compare it with the coverage given by US media corporations here, here, here, here, and here. Notice that these media corporations all frame his address as attacking Trump, not the criticism of capitalism and the consistent US Empire policies regarding human rights, huge military expenditures that only benefits corporations, the Empire's use of the IMF to put nations into debt, economic warfare against nations, and establishing military bases all over the globe. The only exception is Trump's withdrawing from the 2017 Paris Accords which were only an innocuous fig-leaf to hide the obscenity of capitalism's exploitation of nature.

Could it be that the media corporations' news coverage are politically controlled by some secret agency to insure that they cover the same event the same way in the interests of our masters variously described as "the powers that be" (god, I hate that vacuous expression!), "the ruling elite", the "aristocracy", or the more accurate "deep state"?

(I thank Caren, an activist, for alerting me to Morales' speech.)