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, January 25, 2011
Early Lessons from the Tunisian Revolution
There are new issues being posed for political activists in their use of social networking--there are positives and negatives. This article looks at some early lessons from the recent Tunisian revolution.
See also this report by Nate Anderson from Solidarity Economy.