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, February 13, 2019
Russiagate Is Finished
Contrary to what this author argues, I believe that the pressure on Trump in the form of "Russia-gate" accomplished much for the Deep State, the invisible, behind-the-scenes directorate of the USA. Probably chief among these accomplishments are that they have forced Trump to install many "ziocons" (neoliberals) in his administration which are pursuing much more aggressive foreign policies.
I don't think that the conspiracy attacks on Trump have "run out of steam" as Bernhard argues. After all, they never depended on evidence. It was sufficient to repeat the charges 24/7 on their media corporations to get many of the American people convinced. Only now with the Trump administration's move against the government of Venezuela do we see them backing off of the Russia-gate ploy as C.J. Hopkins noticed yesterday.