Something is happening. It’s been happening for quite awhile now. We saw it in Farm Aid, when family farms were being gobbled up by predatory lenders, foreclosed upon and taken over by CAFO’s. Farm Aid, didn’t help as much as we had hoped. But we continued learning. Then the anti-apartheid movement sprang up and this thing that is happening reached across borders to an African nation. Fast-forward to this century. We’ve seen WikiLeaks uncover the secrets the established world order prefers for us to not see. The Arab Spring brought down a regime. Rush Limbaugh is being toppled. And KONY is being made world famous in order to have him brought to justice.
The established order, which seeks to accumulate wealth, power and influence is crumbling. Deservedly so. For awhile, they have been able to maintain their status quo. But something is different now. Something so radical in the minds of people that I am unable to fathom it, let alone analyze it. It is happening as well to the established gatekeepers who determine what makes the nightly news report. “That’s the way it is”, is no longer the way it really is.
The establishment senses it. They are reacting to it with draconian measures. Efforts to evict occupiers and to make basic freedoms a federal crime. The Citizens United ruling, the passage of the (Enabling) Patriot Act, the NDAA, and the expatriation bill that is floating around in Congress are all a part of their reaction. Such tactics are taking place not just in our own government but in legislative bodies around the world.
The peoples of the world have become a community through social media and the Internet. The message is the medium. By its very nature, the Internet allows people to connect world wide, instantaneously to voice public outcry to “publick occurrences.” Occurrences which awaken our sense of social responsibility to the point of inciting our individual responsibility. The Internet not only to facilitates that voice, but it facilitates the way in which we think differently about the world around us.
It is becoming an extension of who we are by our very nature as well. It is changing our psychology as a people and as individuals. Individuals who connect with others, through the Internet, become more powerful than any repressive regime or corporatocracy. And people responding en masse around the world to issues and injustices are merely the manifestation of a much deeper change in the worldview of our global civilization.
Are we seeing established political parties becoming irrelevant? Are we are facing strong possibility of an independent Presidential candidate? Will people stop identifying themselves with a (D) or an (R) and become transpartisan? What does it mean now to be a nation? Is there even such a thing anymore? In a world where corporations have tossed aside their loyalty to nations, are we not seeing the same thing taking place in the rapid direct action responses around the world to further the progress of justice and peace? And ultimately, will the disestablishment movement we are a witness to today, one day become the new establishment?
Whatever becomes the answer to these questions, one thing is for sure. The Internet is indeed our Areopagitica.