And speaking of the Democracy Convention, there’s a great quick summary of one of the panels I spoke on (“Cooperatives: The Co-op Alternative to Corporate Capitalism”) on itsoureconomy.us thanks to Kevin Zeese, and some reflections on the weekend from my co-panelist Rebecca Kemble over at the Progressive.
In the United States, the richest 400 people own more collective wealth than the bottom 150 million. As historian and writer Gar Alperovitz puts it, this is quite literally medieval.
America’s distribution of wealth is controlled by corporations and the extremely wealthy—if there is to be real social change, this gaping inequality needs to be addressed and radically altered. The people need to take the pain of the laborers affected by politicians such as Governor Scott Walker and unite around this as something to replace with progressive reforms.
In this video by The Nation and On The Earth Productions from this year’s Democracy Convention, Alperovitz explains just how urgent the need for a radical redistribution of wealth really is.
Civil disobedience is a transformation of consciousness, a sudden revelation that something new must be done. It is the knowledge that there are two options: disrupt and change the system or remain silent in the face of injustice.
Right now, civil disobedience is emerging from the anti-war and environmental movements in significant ways, most notably around opposition to the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. In this video with historian and writer Gar Alperovitz at the 2011 Democracy Convention, he wonders when the leadership from these campaigns will inspire the shift in consciousness that will change our broken environmental and economic systems.