An avalanche might be coming - but unless we see it in time and ride it right, we might break the neck of the political movement!
Obviously something is happening to the movements working for social and political change - some of them have found over-lapping or even similar objectives and have joined forces enough to scare the s--t out of the Puppet Masters (1).
Some snippets from the press:
In yet another shocking prelude towards becoming a Total Police State, Russian Intelligence Analysts are reporting today that the American war effort's leaders have issued orders to the United States Military Northern Command authorizing the jailing, and military tribunals, for any American citizen critical of the 'war
Antiwar Groups Rallies around U.S:
Anti-war protests were held around the country on Saturday to call for the end of the U.S. war and occupation in Iraq. United For Peace and Justice estimated 500,000 participants took part in the demonstration in Washington. The police gave no official estimate. Thousands also protested in other cities. Speakers around the U.S.A included senators, presidential candidates, Iraq Veterans, active duty soldiers..... Another anti-war march is scheduled in Washington on March 17 to mark the 4th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
But is it a beginning or the beginning of the end of this more joint movement?Reaching Critical Mass It is not about the number of famous actors or activists showing up and speaking out, and it is not even about the number of people showing up per se. What is significant is the heterogeneity of them and of the media sources covering it. That, in combination with the "How Many" and "Who", is what better tells if a movement has achieved or is close to achieving "critical mass" - a point at which it almost becomes like a snowball rolling downhill, self-perpetuating and, at large, unstoppable.
The Bush administration - the Puppet Masters behind and within it - may have shot themselves in the foot when they included so many groups of people in those that had to pay a price for their decisions. That made it easy for the activists for political change in Washington DC and elsewhere to make a huge amount of people identify with their anger and support them in their efforts: veterans, active-duty soldiers of all ranks, human rights activists, constitutionalists, members of the decreasing middle-class, the down-prioritized victims of Katrina, people in general fed up with being misrepresented, people seeing a connection between their insecure social security and the increased monetary security of a few recycled corporate- political players- it is now their pain, their loss and their struggle too.That also made a large part of the societal foundation the USA Inc. gets its' financial and human capital from echo the chants of "No more" and "Hell no, we won't go!". It will be hard to mount the backs and drain the pockets of people who both know the game and feel it is more beneficial to stop playing along than continue to be played.
The more groups represented in a movement, the more spread over the media-spectra of technology and different audiences, taken together with the numbers of people in some way and in public risking something personally to be part of it, is what will ultimately matter the most when it comes to the ability for a movement to gather popular support; defeat individuals fears of personal losses and reprisal;and make political, media and financial actors to either back them or at least cease trying to block them.