November 5, 2012
Running Against the Grain (Part II)
Amen, Brother Rick. Thinking about it, we can deduce a few things about successful mass actions. First, they require a high level of consciousness regarding the problems to be solved. Ignorance ain't in the recipe for success. Second, they take a lot of work. If it were easy, logically we'd be seeing more of them. And third, for me if not for Rick, they require charismatic leaders who are tough as nails. But as much as sometimes I want to, I don't blame people for not creating movements, or leaders for not leading them, or circumstances for not being conducive. Successful mass action, rather, may be a thin moment of shared epiphany, a confluence of many factors not all of which remain under our control or are even predictable. So while I wholeheartedly agree that mass action is the answer I remain skeptical that any mass action is an answer. These things work in mysterious ways... Nonetheless, we must start somewhere and to start locally (with those whom you know) makes perfect sense. Here's the conclusion to last Friday's show. Total runtime twenty eight minutes. Arma virumque canō.