US Indymedia Global Indymedia Publish About us
Printed from Boston IMC : http://boston.indymedia.org/
Boston.Indymedia
IVAW Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier
Testimonies
Brad Presente

Other Local News

Spare Change News
Open Media Boston
Somerville Voices
Cradle of Liberty
The Sword and Shield

Local Radio Shows

WMBR 88.1 FM
What's Left
WEDS at 8:00 pm
Local Edition
FRI (alt) at 5:30 pm

WMFO 91.5 FM
Socialist Alternative
SUN 11:00 am

WZBC 90.3 FM
Sounds of Dissent
SAT at 11:00 am
Truth and Justice Radio
SUN at 6:00 am

Create account Log in
Comment on this article | Email this article | Printer-friendly version
News ::
What Next? (english)
20 Mar 2003
something to think about...
When is it time to give up being passive? After all, we have, for all intensive purposes, been almost entirely passive. We’ve carried our flags and banners. We’ve marched around in organized and not so organized patterns. We’ve chanted our dissent with the full of our voices only to be ossified by the deafening silence of disregard from those in power.

And now all I can do is look into the future with a sense of building skepticism. I see power seeking power for power’s sake. I see power demonstrating power for the sake of demonstration. I see wars being waged to stop tyranny and tyranny being chosen as a means to stop wars. I am witnessing the powerful and the desperate both being quick to attach their respective god to their bullets and bombs. Apparently God has been demoted from creator of the universe to a second rate back up reason to kill (it’s not the first time). I see hypocrisy being misconstrued as integrity and arrogance being touted as a modern form of humility. I see the powerless recognize, yet again, that they are still powerless.

So what next? I suppose we can paint a few more banners. We probably have time to wave a few more placards. It’s also not a stretch to say we could continue to march, in place, or otherwise. Although, sometimes, I feel that we are only using methods that the very powers we are protesting have deemed acceptable. To them we represent nothing more then a minor pest problem. To them we represent only a vague annoyance that’s best ignored. To them we might as well be invisible.

So what should we expect from ourselves at this point? Lately, we have been referring to ourselves as “a movement”, but the uncomforting fact remains that if there is really movement there would be progress (and progress, if any, has been slow). So what is really next? Historically, civil unrest (on a large scale) has rarely ever emanated from a culture as plush and as comfortable as ours. It is a scary notion to think that we may have consumed our way out of a healthy democracy. And it is almost terrifying to think that our 1st world property has rendered us so complacent that we find it hard to risk our personal commodity for the betterment of the global community.

But do we have an option?

We’ve already committed ourselves to the spectacle of organized (obedient?) civil dissatisfaction and its effectiveness is questionable. Is it time (or possible) we put our bodies where our beliefs have been? Is it time we represent the unrelenting “noise of demcracy” and bring the fire that comes along with it? Are we prepared to risk it all? Are we ready to turn our political distain into visible, active, resistance? Is it in us to fight for the world we were promised? And, most importantly, is it in us to throw the first match?

Now these questions are not easy and in the end some may criticize our actions. Some will say we’re biting the hand that feeds. But we must stand strong. We must respond to them by saying that it is this same hand that is killing. And it is the same hand that is destroying. And, if given the chance, we will bite down harder.

Because that is the definition of dissent.

Because that may be all we have left.
Add a quick comment
Title
Your name Your email

Comment

Text Format
Anti-spam Enter the following number into the box:
To add more detailed comments, or to upload files, see the full comment form.