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

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Welcome to the Jungle

Click here to access article by Pepe Escobar, the well traveled independent Brazilian journalist, posted on Corsortium News.  

Although I've seen a number of article bemoaning the election of a fascist as president of Brazil, I've not posted any articles until this one by a journalist who I admire so much.
It’s darkness at the break of (tropical) high noon.

Jean Baudrillard once defined Brazil as “the chlorophyll of our planet”. And yet a land vastly associated worldwide with the soft power of creative joie de vivre has elected a fascist for president.
He goes on to present data that suggest the election was rigged and other methods used such as social media, fake reports in media, and threats--most of which are very familiar to us in the USA--to explain the outcome.