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

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Egypt: Seeds of change [25:14m video]

from Al Jazeera by People & Power

According to this presentation, the current Egyptian revolutionary struggle essentially started three years ago by activists who have become known as the April 6th Youth Movement. They made a study of revolutionary strategy and tactics which they practiced and refined over the last few years of activism. I can't imagine that they are prepared to merely remove one US supported tyrant for another.