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 30, 2018
The Silk Road and Israël
This is a very interesting report on the latest Chinese moves to secure trade routes in the Middle East to bolster their new Silk Road project, particularly in Israel. If the author is correct, the Chinese strategists using their "win-win" strategy with a long-range view, first promoted by Deng Xiaoping in the 1970s, have completely outfoxed the leaders of the US-led capitalist Empire. And if he is correct, these new developments must be causing the secretive Empire leaders conniptions (def.).
(I was amazed at the length of time it took me to find a link to an article that recognized Deng Xiaoping as the first promoter of this Chinese strategy. I think it is another illustration of the profound ignorance of Westerners regarding Chinese history.)