New World Notes - The Surprising Power of the People
This week on New World Notes: radio program #243, October 30, from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m., host Kenneth Dowst takes an (uncharacteristically) optimisitic view of our prospects.
Feeling powerless to change The System? Howard Zinn (1992), Chris Hedges (2012), and singer David Rovics discuss several examples of how large-scale nonviolent popular resistance surprisingly appeared and forced major changes in--or overthrew--bad systems.
From the Civil Rights movement (1950s) to the overthrow of Communism in Eastern Europe (1980s) to the Arab Spring (2011- ), citizens, nonviolently, often have produced major change.
Is "Occupy" the beginning of something big?
Howard Zinn's remarks are excerpted from an hour-long talk, "Virtual Optimism," which he gave in Berkeley, California, in 1992. Recording courtesy of the Pacifica Radio Archives. Listen to the unabridged version.
Chris Hedges' observations are drawn from his brief address to the Left Forum, in New York, March 18, 2012. Listen to the unabridged version.
Music added: David Rovics, "Tunisia 2011."
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