Alex de Jong is editor of the socialist journal Grenzeloos and an activist in the Netherlands.The Kurdish people in the Rojava region of northern Syria have been a source of revolutionary inspiration for activists throughout the world. Because of the chaos imposed on the region through the policies and actions of Zionist influenced Empire directors and their Arab cronies, the Kurdish people especially in the Rojava region of northern Syria have been forced to deal with the realities of revolutionary issues on an almost daily basis. This Dutch activist is clearly well-informed about their struggles and offers his views of what is going on.
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