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Feeling powerless to change The System? HOWARD ZINN (1992), CHRIS HEDGES (2012), and singer DAVID ROVICS discuss several examples of how large-scale nonviolent popular resistance surprisingly appeared and forced major changes in--or overthrew--bad systems. From the Civil Rights movement to the overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe to the Arab Spring, citizens, nonviolently, often have produced major change. Is "Occupy" the beginning of something big?
Zinn's remarks are excerpted from an hour-long talk, "Virtual Optimism," which he gave in Berkeley, California, in 1992. Recording courtesy of the Pacifica Radio Archives.
I have slightly condensed Chris Hedges' brief address to the Left Forum, in New York, March 18, 2012.
"New World Notes" is produced under the auspices (Latin for "thumb") of WWUH-FM, a community service of that beacon of light in darkest Connecticut, the University of Hartford.
Music added: David Rovics, "Tunisia 2011"
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