Thursday, November 18, 2010


"Dignity is to refuse-and-create: to refuse to serve capitalism; and to create a new world. In an article on the movement in Oaxaca, Gustavo Esteva comments, “Thousands, millions of people assume now that the time has come to walk our own path. As the Zapatistas say, to change the world is very difficult, if not impossible. A more pragmatic attitude demands the construction of a new world. That’s what we are now trying to do, as if we had already won.” Building a new world does of course mean changing the existing one, but the shift in emphasis is crucial: Instead of focusing our attention on the destruction of capitalism, we concentrate on building something else. This is an inversion of the traditional revolutionary perspective that puts the destruction of capitalism first and the construction of the new society second." (Thanks Marcy)

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