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What Fires Young Progressives' Activism? A New Study Asks Them


Society & Culture  (tags: activists, americans, culture, education, ethics, freedoms, gayrights, law, media, police, politics, rights, society )

Kit
- 1056 days ago - truth-out.org
The goal of the research was to better understand the attitudes and motivations of millennials who are actively engaged in social justice--why they engage, what they see as barriers to an ideal society and opinions on whether an explicit racial justice->



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Sue H. (6)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 8:45 am
Good article, thanks for posting.
 

Charles O. (209)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 9:17 am
I agree with the comments of Bob Denver in the comment section that follows the article.

The biggest obstacle to change is the one-dimensional Left/Right universe that so many "progressives" buy into. When we keep ourselves divided -- into Left/Right, red/blue, lib/con, D/R -- we keep ourselves conquered.

According to the article, the "progressives" are attacking "individualism". So instead of fighting the system, they are fighting themselves? This is progress?

So instead of thinking individuals, we have group-thinking collectives? How is that an improvement?

Collectively, we can then sacrifice our individual selves in behalf of this or that politician, and then join together in Saving the World with our Humanitarian Wars. NOT!

I think we need more individualism, not less. We need to secede from the system, secede from the empire, and recover an independent moral sensibility. We need to learn how to stand alone, before we can stand together. We need to understand that life is an opportunity to develop our spiritual resources, our character, our depth, our joy. We are here to learn. We set out to change the world, and find that the world has changed us.

Activism is not some dreary chore. It's the opportunity of a lifetime, an opportunity to find our humanity and find our what freedom really means, an opportunity to experience solidarity with the great thinkers and humanitarians of the past, an opportunity to be a part of history, an opportunity to be larger, an opportunity to connect with the eternal and the infinite. These things we discover and celebrate as individuals in solitude.

Sheep seem to have an aversion to solitude and a preference for the huddle. That's why they accomplish little. Change begins when we leave the huddle, leave the nest, and set out on our own. Instead of seeing people as Left and Right, we begin to see people as people. The world becomes multi-dimensional, a place of color. We join in an all-encompassing struggle to awaken people, free people, and make people larger.

Instead of making government smaller, we make citizens larger. It's so obvious! Why did we not think of it sooner? The problem is not the size of government; it's the diminished size of the citizen. Bring joy back into struggle. Make the task of the citizen spiritually rewarding.

For more ideas:

* "FAQ: How can we restore democracy in the U.S.?"
* "FAQ: How can we return the U.S. to prosperity?"
* Reddit: "A democratic alternative to elections"
* Reddit: "Debt-free currency"
* Reddit: Wealth recycling
* Care2: Socialist Muslims for Romney
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 9:28 am

Charles said - "Activism is not some dreary chore. It's the opportunity of a lifetime, an opportunity to find our humanity and find our what freedom really means, an opportunity to experience solidarity with the great thinkers and humanitarians of the past, an opportunity to be a part of history, an opportunity to be larger, an opportunity to connect with the eternal and the infinite. These things we discover and celebrate as individuals in solitude."

Perhaps we all need to read and then reread those words. All forms of corporate media feed us exactly what we think we want to hear. It becomes an individual task to do the work, find the research that will give up some truths and not just stories.

Activism is not work, it's the joy of freedom the obligation of people to strike out for independence of group thought. Turn off the TV news, radio blather, use the library or stretch your use of the computer. Turn to the information you've ignored and discover the real story under the filters.

 

Caitlin Mac Iver (103)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 10:25 am
Well said, Charles. I certainly agree with what you said and plan to read the articles to which you pointed. We must become all that we can be in the privacy of our hearts and give what we can for the betterment of all. Namasté.

And again, thanks, Kit, although I'm really quite tired of any kind of poll or "research" aimed at one political party trying to figure out how to best the other party. I'm afraid that's always what's behind such polls, rather than information for its own sake. But then... this is America, so what else is new? Hugs to y'all.
 

Yvonne White (232)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 4:48 pm
Well, it's good they finally Asked the participants!:) "People active in Occupy and those active in community organizations are similarly disenchanted with the electoral system. Their frustration was less about the Obama administration than it was about the dysfunctionality of the electoral and legislative systems generally." I think that goes WAY beyond activists & community orgs!
 

Aurea Walker (226)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 8:49 pm
Facts and figures are like loose morals, once you have them in your hands you can do anything you want. People say one thing and do exactly another. Most people are wired to please and will say anything to please the "rigged" questionnaires and really think very differently than their p.c. answers. That is why the old but very true adage is still SO important "tell me what you have done, and I will know WHO YOU ARE"
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 9:20 pm

It's a little difficult for the young to have a vitea of accomplisments, I'm pleased they are fired up and ready to stand for what they believe.
 

sheila l. (115)
Monday May 28, 2012, 1:29 am
No jobs or prospects on the horizons with Obama in office.
Idle minds; they need something to do to occupy their time.
 

Charles O. (209)
Monday May 28, 2012, 7:03 am
SL L. writes:

> No jobs or prospects on the horizons with Obama in office. Idle minds; they need something to do to occupy their time.

And even fewer jobs or prospects with Romney in office.

That's because our country has been taken over by foreign and globalist interests.

We are supposed to be a "Free Country", right? So why do you object to us Americans APPLYING what little freedom we have left to the struggle to get our country back?

Freedom should be more than just a decoration we hang on the mantle. What is wrong with USING our freedom?
 

Harshiita Sharma (137)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 2:34 am
Noted.
 
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