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, November 16, 2013
On Why Struggles over Urban Space Matter: An Interview with David Harvey
David Harvey claims that Marxist activists must place greater importance on the realization of surplus values which occurs mostly in urban areas. Also, he offers his observations on the recent urban uprisings in Turkey, Egypt, and the US.