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 LappĆ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Wednesday, December 1, 2021

  • šŸ’„Robert Kennedy, Jr. Interviewed by Tucker Carlson from Behind the Curtain (Curtin's website). This is a best post. (Note: If you are in a hurry, listen at approximately 4:26-6:35 to get an introduction to Kennedy's remarks. You can also get a transcript by accessing the original YouTube video by clicking on "YouTube", below the video "..." and choosing "open transcript". I, because of my hearing loss, must activate "CC" to access the written words that Kennedy speaks because of his speech disability.) My reaction: I am offering free for the first 10 requests a recent book entitled The Real Anthony Fauci by RFK, Jr.--presently it is sold-out on Amazon so you can expect a delay--to anyone requesting this book by writing to me (Ron H) at goatmeal36.com.
  • Now or Never: The Great ‘Transition’ Must Be Imposed by Alastair Crooke from Strategic Culture Foundation. My reaction: Crooke seems to be arguing that the ruling capitalist class of the US/British/Zionist Empire feel compelled to enforce their pandemic restrictions, but that is risking a nuclear war with Russia and China.
This is key: When the West speaks, it is forever looking over its shoulder, at the domestic, and wider psychic impact when it is ‘making a point’ (such as practicing attacks by nuclear-capable bombers as close to Russia’s borders as they dare). And that when Russia and China say, ‘This is our Red Line’, it is no meme – they really mean it. 
 
Regarding those who determine policies (the ruling class), he vaguely writes earlier:
 
There are powerful oligarchic interests behind the Re-Set. They do not want to see it go down, nor see the West eclipsed by its ‘competitors’. So it seems that rather than back off, they will go full throttle and try to impose compliance on their electorates: tolerate no dissidence.
 
My reaction: Who constitutes the "oligarchs"? (We, in the West have democracy which is rule by the people--this is one of their longtime major deceptions.)
Politicians around the world, all of whom, whatever their colouration, serve the interests of finance capital, duly took note of their master’s voice. They declared there would be no significant changes in their policies, apart from some token restrictions, largely on international travel. 
 
My reaction: However, if the financial capitalists instead of the old-fashioned (industrial) capitalists are in command of the Empire, then we can continue to expect risky policies (re. Crooke in the above post) will be pursued which will threaten all inhabitants of the Earth with global nuclear war.
The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) is celebrating as, with almost all votes counted, they appear to have won 20 out of the country’s 23 states in Sunday’s regional “mega elections.” More than 70,000 candidates stood for one of 3,082 public positions, including local mayorships, councillors, regional legislators and state governors — the vast majority of candidates affiliated with opposition parties.

The landslide victory was watched over by international observers from 55 countries, including a delegation from the European Union, who praised the organizational capacity of the National Electoral Council, effectively endorsing the proceedings.