WHY ACTIVISTS FAIL
- from http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/013004_in_your_face.html
There are two reasons why activist efforts to
halt the inertia of the Empire have failed and
will continue to fail: human nature, and human
Activists all over the political spectrum are
flailing about in the post-9/11 world, spinning
wheels, and throwing out idea after idea without
a unifying principle or a clearly stated goal. As
has happened so many times before with the
victims of a dozen other instances of government
criminality, the new victims - like the New
Jersey widows of 9/11 who are known for their
persistence in challenging government lies - make
mistakes that have been made before, put their
faith in strategies that have been tried before,
and discount the wisdom and experience of those
who have suffered before. Human nature says that
it is wrong to criticize victims. Yet the new
ones make a habit of ignoring the old ones, only
to be replaced and forgotten when the next,
inevitably greater, crime takes place.
Each time a new tragedy strikes, whether it be
9/11, TWA 800 (a Navy shootdown), CIA involvement
in drug trafficking, Iran-Contra, Waco, The
Savings and Loan Scandal, the Enron shareholders,
the Gander crash, or any of a dozen other events
in recent history, a new crop of people is
instantly and brutally transformed from people
who once trusted the system into people who have
been betrayed by it. Psychologically and
emotionally raped, they rage. They vow to fight.
The need to make the system that failed them work
as they were "taught" becomes a new imperative
for their sanity and emotional stability. They
must believe that they can make people listen to
them, that they can "fix" it.
When, therefore, others who have been brutalized
before them present themselves with valuable
experience and try to explain the lay of the
land, the new victims are faced with the awful
responsibility of acknowledging that they
themselves had not listened or responded when
their predecessors cried out for help. They had
been just as quick to say "I'm too busy" or
"That's a bunch of b.s. It couldn't be that way."
Yet it is. The new victims had once been as deaf
as the rest of the world now appears to them.
Still they clutch at straws and cling to the
illusion that "this time it will be different".
For their own sanity they must ignore the reality
of the people who came before them, when to
listen and learn might provide a unifying, if
terrifying, focus that might ensure success. All
it takes is courage and a good map.