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
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Organize, Imagine, and Act: How a Student Movement Can Become a Revolution
This is a MUST READ for all activists who see reform of the existing class system of capitalism as irrelevant, even worse, as in a death spiral for the 99 Percent. This is a brilliant exposition of where activists all over the world need to proceed after the initial battles with the One Percents have concluded. They need to take the next step: to transform protests over specific issues into organizing inclusive collective energies that adversely affect entire communities. This will lay the foundation for an inclusive revolutionary movement that can grow to challenge the beloved class-based system of the One Percents and establish a new social-economic system that promotes the health and welfare of 100 percent of societies.
Enough said. Read this article, think about it, talk about it with others.