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

Sunday, May 5, 2019

On Contact - The deep rot of American journalism w/Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi and Chris Hedges, having both worked for media corporations, offer valuable inside information regarding the work of journalists within media corporations. Thus, many true journalists leave these organizations to work for peanuts (def.) at alternative media or RT, a Russian sponsored website. Those who remain are forced to become "presstitutes" (def.).