Revolutionary Change Rant #8
Hereâ€™s now a revolution could happen. First, a general disillusionment with the power structure, like the distrust of capitalism and corporations that is widespread in America today. Then a mismanaged crisis, such as the global financial meltdown that fundamentally delegitimizes the system.
This disaffection is captured by a symbolic act that becomes the metaphor for change - Rosa Parks refusing to move to the back of the bus, the anonymous citizen standing in front of the tanks in Tiananmen Square. More recently, NASAâ€™s chief climate scientist Dr. James Hansen arrested blockading a West Virginia coal mine.
When widely circulated these images become like Toto pulling back the curtain on the Wizard of Oz, breaking the media induced trance, catalyzing a collective mindshift and ultimately transforming culture. The first post-modern revolutionaries - the French situationists - called these turning around revelations key to deconstructing the consumer spectacle.
At this point there is an opening, a possibility of change, as the famous wildcat general strike that briefly shut down Franceâ€™s capitalist/consumer economy in 1968.
But to overcome the gravitational pull of the old capitalist paradigm, there must be a critical threshold of steadfast citizens willing to risk the new, not reform the old, capable of changing directions in unison, as a school of fish or flock of birds. Any questions?