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“When we are dreaming alone it is only a dream. When we are dreaming together it is the beginning of reality.”—Helder Camara
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Today (8 February 2017), I was reading a very interesting and timely article by George Monbiot in the Guardian. It is all about the failures of politicians, politics, the prevailing economic model, and more, and how the volunteer sector, communities, people everywhere, can come together, taking actions from below, defeating the demagogues and all no-good-doers.
I find Monbiot’s analysis and arguments very convincing on what has gone wrong and on how we may move forward to a better path.
Let me quote a couple of passages from the article:
“Without community, politics is dead. But communities have been scattered like dust in the wind. At work, at home, both practically and imaginatively, we are atomised.
As a result, politics is experienced by many people as an external force: dull and irrelevant at best, oppressive and frightening at worst. It is handed down from above rather than developed from below. There are exceptions – the Sanders and Corbyn campaigns, for instance – but even they seemed shallowly rooted in comparison with the deep foundations of solidarity movements grew from in the past, and may disperse as quickly as they gather.
It is in the powder of shattered communities that anti-politics swirls, raising towering dust-devils of demagoguery and extremism. These tornadoes threaten to tear down whatever social structures still stand.
When people are atomised and afraid, they feel driven to defend their own interests against other people’s. In other words, they are pushed away from intrinsic values such as empathy, connectedness and kindness, and towards extrinsic values such as power, fame and status.”