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, February 16, 2019

Never Trust an Oligarch (Audio)

Click here to access a 15 minute audio discussion with Glen Ford and Dr Carl Rhodes from Black Agenda Report
Super-rich people’s “charitable” contributions “haven’t done anything to halt inequality,” said Dr Carl Rhodes, of the University of Technology, in Sydney, Australia. “If anything, it justifies the political system that produced the inequality in the first place,” said Rhodes.
These participants seem to agree with Andre Vltchek by referring to the celebrity status of our billionaires.