Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011


I was thinking last night what a great example the people's revolution in Egypt was setting for the rest of the world. By and large it has been a relatively peaceful and non-violent effort. Obviously at some level they have won over those who control the military. They appear to be uniting Muslim and Christian in the streets, old and young, unemployed and professional class. It's really the right way to do it.

Then I thought about the U.S. and the "Tea Party's" proclivity to strap on pistols and carry around super-duper machine guns as they claim their brand of revolution. They blame immigrants and blacks and "Socialists". Here it is all about separation and divide and conquer. It's like we have swallowed the "business model" brand of politics. In Egypt their success seems to be from a unity of purpose.

We have much to learn from the people in Egypt. I hope people in America are paying close attention.


Blogger Rich said...

I agree with you. It's sad, though,that "divide and conquer" really works (the rise of the Nazis being a prime example as they singled out the Jews for hate and persecution.) I am always amazed at the lack of historical knowledge displayed by the people who persecute gays or immigrants, or any other minorities. It's as if the persecutors don't recall that such practices have lead directly to concentration camps and ovens. Most of these people are not evil, just really, really ignorant. And that makes them dangerous.

2/1/11, 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Ray Moore said...

You left out people like the Khmer Rouge & Pol pot 1975-1979est 1,500,000. Or Mao Zedong 1949-1976 40,000,000-70,000,000 no one is sure. Let`s not forget Uncle Joe Stalin,according to Soviet Archives, between 1937-1938 681,692 although Historian Michael Ellman claim the number to be between 950000 and 1,200,000. Compare this to the Tsarists between 1825 and 1910 3932.You can check this out on Wikipedia. Thanks, Ray Moore

2/14/11, 7:41 AM  

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