The Seeds of Rebellion Are Taking Root

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers,

7/20/2013 | Stephen Shapiro describes Occupy as a “dandelion moment” in which the movement successfully dispersed seeds to float and root, thereby growing into a bigger movement. We would not limit the seeds to the US Occupy, but include the Arab Spring, the Indignados, the current revolts in Brazil and Turkey and the new phase of revolt in Egypt. All of these mass actions spread around the globe like seeds spurring more mass actions. In the US we certainly see ongoing activism around many issues and flowers of resistance growing.

Shapiro also describes the moment we are in as a potential pre-history moment, asking: “What if we are in a time akin to the early 60s, and in a few years there is a May 1968 moment?” The actions around the country indicate a potential pre-history moment, a lot is bubbling around the country, not quite boiling but getting hotter.

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Where the Hell Is the Outrage? Richard Eskow, Campaign for America’s Future

  • The only Americans who seem to be seething with anger are the beneficiaries of this economic injustice — the wealthiest and most privileged among us.  But those who are suffering seem strangely passive.
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Norman Solomon | Denouncing NSA Surveillance Isn’t Enough—We Need the Power to Stop It, Normon Soloman, Common Dreams

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Should Veterans Become Activists? Camillo Mac Bica, Truthout

  • Because veterans know the horror and insanity of war firsthand, speaking out in behalf of peace is necessary and right. Consequently, for the veteran, activism is no longer a choice but an obligation.
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