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shake up the complacency of traditional activism and tell organizations that their methods to organize are redundant, outdated, ultimately inefficient.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....