My Resoc Interview
By Saul Landau at Oct 21, 2009
My Resoc Interview
1. At a public talk someone asks you, "okay, I understand what you reject, but I wonder what are you for? What institutions do you favor that will be better than what we have for the economy, polity, gender, race, ecology, or whatever you have vision for?
Public, Community Controlled Banks, Replace Private Banks. The US Left Study The Institutions Developed In Parts Of Scandanavia That Have Produced More Democratic And Egalatarian Processes. The Most Important Theme Is Environment, Saving The Planet. This Requires A Major Discussion On The Issue Of Continuing To Produce Things -- A Process That Inherently Requires Massive Contamination
2. Next, someone at the same event asks, "Why do you do what you do? That is, you are speaking to us, and I know you write, and maybe you organize, but why do you do it? What do you think it accomplishes? What is your goal for your coming year, or for your next ten years?
Somehwre In The Talmud It Says -- Or Should Say -- That One Doesn't Have To Compete The Social Task; But Not Finishing Something Doesn't Mean One Has The Right To Abstain From Acting. Each Generation Plays Its Part In The Ongoing Struggle For Greater Justice And Equality. I Don't Set Goals. I Try To Respond To Needs.
3. You are at home and you get an email that says a new organization is trying to form, internationally, federating national chapters, etc. It asks you to join the effort. Can you imagine plausible conditions under which you would say, "yes, I will give my energies to making it happen along with the rest of you who are already involved?" If so, what are those conditions? Or - do you think instead that regardless of the content of the agenda and make up of the participants, the idea can't be worthy, now, or perhaps ever. If so, why?
An Organization With An Agenda Of Forging A Political Movement To Re-Inspire Activity -- The Kind That Elected Obama. But With A Program That Made His Theme Of "Change" Into Specific Proposals For Peace And Security, Justice And Equality And, Above All, Environmental Action.
4. Do you think efforts to organize movements, projects, and our own organizations should embody the seeds of the future in the present? If not, why not? If yes, can you say what, very roughly, you think some of the implications would be for an organization you would favor?
The present becomes the future on the milisecond one finishes any act. The implications for an organization that would reinspire struggle: survival of the planet.
5. Why did you answer this interview? Why do you think others did not answer it?
i answered because i respect the people who asked. i don't know why others didn't.