Wind...finds its way into the weakest points of a roof, and no matter how strong, should it find these points, is capable of taking the entire roof off with a good gust. Imagine increasing global awareness of the disparity and injustice purveyed by global corporate oligarchy as a storm, and imagine the roof of this oligarchy's house covered in workers trying to tack down these weakest points. Where are they? Where do they fear the wind blowing hardest?"3 loose shingles" refers to three areas where corporate domination over our lives is most vulnerable; thus, they are areas which provide activists with many opportunities (wind) to attack and weaken their domination. These areas relate to corporate efforts to monopolize the benefits, and exploit the misuses, of recent advances in technology. As always with his essays, this one offers cogent arguments supported by many links to sound and interesting documentation. This is a must-read for anyone concerned about corporate control of our society.
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