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, April 20, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Tuesday, April 20, 2021

  • NYU Professor Fights Back Against the Academic Crybullies from Minds and The Corbett Report in a 45:55m video report. (Note: Mark Crispin Miller has been teaching at NY University for a number of years. He explains how and why his academic job is at stake despite his teaching techniques of critical thinking in the context of propaganda.) My reaction: This is another piece of evidence that the concentration of wealth under advanced capitalism can stifle critical thinking even in an academic setting. If you, in any way, challenge ruling class narratives in an advanced capitalist system, you will be punished by losing the means of supporting yourself.
While this seemingly hopeful program of another new deal for domestic progress is proposed in order to save capitalism once again by muffling if not smothering calls for more radical change, the old deal of the murderous warfare state is even more dangerous than ever, with the amateurs of the Trump regime replaced by more experienced creators of policies of mass murder to preserve the alleged chosen people status of American capital and its servant class of more diverse than ever professionals who arrange minority rule and convince people it‘s democracy.
  • The Illusion of US and British Government Aid by Rod Driver from his weblog Elephants in the Room. My reaction: The two posts (this and the above) have been covered in past years by this weblog, but the American people still don't get it. It's probably a case of "better late than never". However if we fully realized such views back in the 1970s, we might still be looking at a future.
  • Whale Songs by Caitlin Johnstone, an Australian independent blogger, from her weblog.