Just Keep Blaming the 1% for Everything, Is Not Working

Saying that Activism is fragmented and lacks cohesion is an understatement. Despite plenty of engaged citizens, Activism is conflicted, competitive, and feels erratic. Of course, it's easier to keep blaming the 1% for everything.

 

In 2014, a renowned and awarded U.S. journalist said this about U.S. activism:

After worked hard in the anti-war movement in the US between 2002-2010, and having had direct involvement with several of the leading entities (names omitted), I’ve come to believe that the U.S. has become so fractured physically, psychologically, spiritually, intellectually, psychically, that there’s no way to have a coherent movement of any kind at this point."

 It takes courage to say that the problem lies in our own team, the 99%.

Indeed, it takes courage to shake up the complacency of traditional activism and tell organizations that their methods to organize are redundant, outdated, ultimately inefficient. It takes courage to say that there's no peace, because the biggest war, the most devastating conflict lies in our conflicted nature, and that Martin Luther King's call to "organize as efficiently as those who love war," remains unanswered. But if you consider the pattern of growth of Facebook pages, communities, organizations, petitions' sites and independent media, what transpires is competition. That's synonym with division, not unity. What wins is the affirmation of the self, not the bridging of differences, or the search for the glue that binds us into one collective mind.

As Howard Zinn's quote in the above image implies, repeace has been challenging the complacency of thousands of organizations, because it's time to stop blaming the 1% for lying, for being corrupted, oppressive and manipulative. That's what they do! It's time to look at our team and find a key to cohesion, able to transcend our conflicted individuality.

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Lessons about resistance: Define your ideals correctly

 

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Spartacus, the Roman gladiator, appears to be the first known revolutionary who revolted against his owners and the Roman Republic. His and his peers’ struggle for freedom is called “war” (Third Servile War)

The first time humans fought for an invisible ideal like freedom was because of chains. Today we have (theoretically) evolved past that point. We agree that freedom is more complex, and “freedoms” are many, depending on how we look at it.

Is it important to define our invisible ideals correctly, adapt them to changed circumstances? Why?

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Ladies and Ladies. Gentlemen and Gentlemen

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After the recent SCOTUS decision to grant the right to marry to all GLBT members, in all U.S. States, here's how the community can repurpose its passionate activism to benefit all causes, in all nations, with 3 clicks of a mouse.

Ladies and Ladies. Gentlemen and Gentlemen... Maybe President Obama could have been inspired by the same opening statement when SCOTUS granted marriage equality to all U.S. states in June of this year.

With this opening statement former president of the Swiss Confederation Moritz Leuenberger welcomed a large crowd of cheering GLBT members on Christopher Street day in Zurich in 2001, when he promised to finally get action on equality and provide equal rights to the unmet grievances of equal rights under the law.

That was his way to recognize that the right to love is inalienable and had to be extended also to the GLBT community. Since 5 June 2005, Swiss GLBT couples have most of the same rights and protections as opposite-sex couples.

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Fast Track Derailed? House Deals Blow to Corporate-Friendly Trade Agenda

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Published on Friday, June 12, 2015 in Common Dreams byDeirdre Fulton, staff writer

But groups warn citizens to 'remain vigilant to ensure that future efforts to pass Fast Track and climate-destroying trade agreements are defeated'

Though it wasn't the resounding rejection progressives had hoped for, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday dealt a serious blow to President Barack Obama's corporate-backed trade agenda, while erecting a major stumbling block for proponents of Fast Track, or trade promotion authority.

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"Today’s votes to stall Fast Track and TPP are a major win for anyone who cares about climate change," said350.org executive director May Boeve. "This disastrous deal would extend the world's dependence on fracked gas, forbid our negotiators from ever using trade agreements in the fight against global warming, and make it easier for big polluters to burn carbon while suing anyone who gets in the way."

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What’s the point? The failure of community activism

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Does protesting make any difference? AAP Image/Forest Activist Network

Posted on 15 March 2013, 11.03pm GMT on: The Conversation

Australians are rightly proud of their democratic traditions. They are also inclined to raise their voice in protest when faced with government, bureaucratic, or civil injustice. Environmental activists have been particularly noisy. But community activism can have unforeseen consequences, resulting in worse outcomes for the environment in the long run.

The success or failure of local environmental campaigns is rarely addressed. Reportage is usually centred around heated encounters between protesters, police and those seeking to enforce development or change.

What happens after the cameras have gone, when the final decisions come down, the bulldozers move in and people go back to their regular lives? This is not often discussed.

Protesting can leave individuals on both sides battered and bruised. The physical, financial and emotional toll is considerable. It can leave one asking “What was the point?”

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