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We Are a Movement of Movements
« on: December 06, 2014, 12:13:53 PM »
"I feel like shaking everyone and saying, don’t you get it? We don’t need a Movement of Movements – we are a movement of movements.

My friends, we have been trapped in old dominant paradigm thinking. We have been steeped in warmongering, hierarchical, competitive, control-based mindsets since birth. We think we are lacking something, or that we’re ineffectual at organizing, or we’re failing. We call for a Movement of Movements, like the War to End All Wars, a rallying cry that will amass the allies on the edge of the battlefield so we can massacre our enemies.

It makes me want to laugh – and cry."


Rivera Sun

http://www.riverasun.com/the-movement-of-movements/

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Re: We Are a Movement of Movements
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2014, 12:17:51 PM »
I'll be meeting this author tomorrow. Looking forward....

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18730781-the-dandelion-insurrection


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Re: We Are a Movement of Movements
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2014, 10:39:09 AM »
Lives in an earthship, huh? Nice dreads.

 Have you read her book? I'll have to look for it. Give us a review.
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Re: We Are a Movement of Movements
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2014, 10:47:01 AM »
Have you read her book? I'll have to look for it. Give us a review.

One of my closest friends read it and recommended it enthusiastically. I'm going to try to get ahold of a copy today.  I'll let you know what I think of it.

It's about time for me to read a novel. I rarely do, as I always have so much non-fiction reading to do -- piled high....

I hear the author is coming to an event I'm attending today. I may get a chance to speak with her.
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Re: We Are a Movement of Movements
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2014, 10:39:03 AM »
A novel approach to nonviolence: The Dandelion Insurrection

review: Sun, Rivera (2013). The Dandelion Insurrection: Love and revolution. El Prado, NM: Rising Sun Pressworks.

http://hastingsnonviolence.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-novel-approach-to-nonviolence.html
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Re: We Are a Movement of Movements
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2014, 11:47:49 AM »
Compares her to Kingsolver, who is, to my mind, the best mind of my generation, as far as literature is concerned. That's serious praise. Reckon I have to read it, even though I'm a failure at non-violence.

Thanks, James.
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Re: We Are a Movement of Movements
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2014, 12:04:45 PM »
... even though I'm a failure at non-violence.

Have you been beating up your neighbors?

I called or dropped in on four local bookstores (new and used) yesterday, and none of 'em had a copy of this book. I was surprised, given the rave reviews on GoodReads.  I guess the reason is that the book's publisher is Rising Sun Pressworks, which must be run out of the author's kitchen, since I can't find any evidence of an actual publisher by that name.  I imagine the problem comes down to distribution. 

If this book is as good as its reviewers say, it needs a much larger audience.
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Re: We Are a Movement of Movements
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2014, 12:26:17 PM »
Have you been beating up your neighbors?

No, but I'm often filled with an overwhelming desire to do so. They're all Republicans and Tea-Partiers and the like.

On the plus side, I'm not still beating my wife.
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Re: We Are a Movement of Movements
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2014, 01:10:03 PM »
Have you been beating up your neighbors?

No, but I'm often filled with an overwhelming desire to do so. They're all Republicans and Tea-Partiers and the like.

On the plus side, I'm not still beating my wife.

Glad to hear about you and your wife!

Perhaps what your neighbors need, rather than a beating, is a little education? It's difficult to bring horses to water, of course.  Sigh.

I've not read this book, but it might be useful.

Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames
by Thích Nhất Hạnh
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Re: We Are a Movement of Movements
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2014, 09:41:44 AM »
Speaking of a movement of movements...

This whole book is online for free! (in PDF)


Bioregionalism
– November 12, 1998
by Michael Vincent McGinnis (Editor)

http://library.uniteddiversity.coop/More_Books_and_Reports/Bioregionalism.pdf

Some of the content of this is quite excellent. I've only read bits of it, though.

I see bioregionalism, Permaculture, the ecovillage movement, and many other movements of this sort as comprising a movement of movements. I call the overarching movement "microeutopianism," which is a practice and theory of integral design.

More books on bioregionaism - http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=bioregionalism&tag=mh0b-20&index=stripbooks&hvadid=3482752151&ref=pd_sl_9qjhnm80rd_p

Here's a free non-fiction film on the topic of ecological design, which is part of integral design.:
http://www.hulu.com/watch/498436
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Re: We Are a Movement of Movements
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2014, 09:49:10 AM »
"Certain ideas are in the air. We are all impressionable, for we are made of them; all impressionable, but some more than others, and these first express them. This explains the curious contemporaneousness of inventions and discoveries. The truth is in the air, and the most impressionable brain will announce it first, but all will announce it a few minutes later."   ~ R. W. Emerson

This is quite suggestive as to why our "movement of  movements" is both diverse and unified.
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Re: We Are a Movement of Movements
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2014, 11:32:03 AM »
Unfortunately, many of these movements are somewhat splintered along the lines of class, and in other ways.

Like...I used to participate in a Transition Yahoo group. However, it became a worthless pursuit, because all most of the participants were interested in doing was building community gardens (for those less fortunate, dontcha know.)

I was amazed to find I was reviled as a "survivalist" (a bad thing in their view) because I was trying to build a more resilient way of life using PV's, owning my own land, had a job that pays me well,and in general not being a total Marxist. Even though I strongly supported most if not all the goals of their movement.
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Re: We Are a Movement of Movements
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2014, 11:54:20 AM »
Unfortunately, many of these movements are somewhat splintered along the lines of class, and in other ways.

Like...I used to participate in a Transition Yahoo group. However, it became a worthless pursuit, because all most of the participants were interested in doing was building community gardens (for those less fortunate, dontcha know.)

I was amazed to find I was reviled as a "survivalist" (a bad thing in their view) because I was trying to build a more resilient way of life using PV's, owning my own land, had a job that pays me well,and in general not being a total Marxist. Even though I strongly supported most if not all the goals of their movement.

The mention of class divisions is crucially important, I feel.

For many -- and complex -- reasons, the interconnected bioregional, ecovillage, Permaculture (etc.) movements, which I collectively call the micro-eutopian movement (an application of integral design), absolutely requires affordable access for very low income people (or people without much money) if it is to have any significant impact or influence. This is not a matter of personal ideology or preferences, but rather a basic fact of design -- a design principle.

It is irrational and stupid to allow class issues to confuse, divert, obstruct ...  or misdirect the micro-eutopian movement/s.  Earth needs us to rise above such divisions. We don't have time to allow this to devolve into a class war.
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