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

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Egypt: Revolutionaries Are Not Born. They Are Made.

Click here to access article by Sara Salem from Muftah.
In the face of what looks to be a losing battle, thousands of Egyptians take to the streets on a daily basis, facing tear gas, arrests, and live ammunition. They know they may lose their lives. They know their families and friends will not rest until they return. But they also know that the revolution isn’t over, and that the thousands who died did not lose their lives for yet another Western-backed Egyptian dictatorship.

The author provides an excellent description of a revolutionary. Meet Ahmed Harara, an Egyptian revolutionary.