The following is excerpted from Roger Sutton’s May Day: a new global movement « 21stcenturymanifesto.
“March 26 brought all these elements together, with over half a million on the streets of London. But it is clear that this was only the start of what will be a long battle to reverse attacks on public services, private and public-sector jobs, on ordinary people’s standard of living and on the most vulnerable people in society.
The same battle is being faced by workers across Europe.
The capitalist economic system’s failure has seen ordinary people everywhere asked to pay for a crisis they did nothing to cause. Governments are using the crisis to try to force through policies they have wanted to bring in for years. The bankers and financiers who did cause it are chirpy as ever with their noses deep in the bonus trough.
But from Germany to Spain and from Greece to France workers are fighting back.
The same story is played out across the globe.
Workers’ movements in the Arab world have played a heroic role in the uprisings for democracy and social progress in the region. Their successes have been inspiring – though the selective approach of Western powers seeking economic and strategic advantage is deeply worrying.
There are fights going on in Zimbabwe for basic rights, in South Africa over the position of workers, in the United States and Australia for workers’ rights.
There are fights against racism and fascism across the world. There is opposition to corruption and politicians in the pay of private companies.”
I don’t know that everything Sutton ever says, or everything available at 21st Century Manifesto, is an exact match to what I post here on Thoughts From The Well. I ‘ve not explored 21st Century Manifesto. I don’t know how socialist ideas and information expressed there do/don’t blend with other ‘human potential’ perspectives that I find valuable and express here. I do recognize strong ‘socialist’ ideas in my own work, but I don’t think I’m an especially good ‘fit’ with disciplined socialist political action groups, (which 21st Century Manifesto may be).
No matter! What I especially value in Sutton’s piece is that he reminds us of the universal nature of a general ‘uprising‘. From my perspective, this is not only ‘political’. It is, as American founders said: “unalienable” – inborn and inevitable.
It is fitting to think, and visualize, a ‘rising‘ of human spirit!
People cannot be separated from their own, innate, impulse to thrive, to explore and develop interests and talents, to share these with wider community. In other words, people are hard-wired to seek enriched and meaningful life experience. The pair, ‘enriched and meaningful,’ are, by virtue of ‘hard-wiring’, both need and right, simultaneously.
It’s entirely fitting that the site I draw from for this post is called “21st Century Manifesto“. It’s obvious I, also, find it important to frame my ideas in a “21st Century project” framework.
We (all humanity) do have this time, this 21st Century, to “pull together” thousands of years of experience and contemplation – and to – finally! – “get our ‘head/heart’ act together!”
My Best To All On This May 1st Day! –MaggieAnn