November 16, 2010
The past week has been a banner one for Seven Stories authors on Democracy Now, with the following three features appearing since November 12:
“And we are, you know, under the—we are in the ongoing struggle for the freedom, justice and democracy in the country. But we need our leader. Now, the release of her will be the greatest hope for us to continue our movement for the national reconciliation and democratization. Now we got our leader back, so National League for Democracy will be more stronger and more better under the leader—direct leadership of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. I believe that we are going to have the very encouraging day towards democratization under her leadership.” —Aung Din, co-founder of the US Campaign for Burma
DERRICK JENSEN: I ask a lot of times why it is that environmentalists, as environmentalists—I include myself as a front line activist—I ask why it is that we lose so often. And there’s a couple of answers that really speak to me. One of them is that I think a lot of us don’t really know what it is we want, and we don’t think strategically very much. It’s like, so what do you want?
I don’t think that a lot of us think very clearly about what it is exactly we want. And, I mean, I do know what I want, which is I want to live in a world that has more wild salmon every year than the year before, and I want to live in a world that has less dioxin in every mother’s breast milk every year than the year before, and a world that has more migratory songbirds every year than the year before. And that’s part of—part of—one of the reasons I think that a lot of times we don’t win is, once again, I’m not sure that a lot of us know what we want.
AMY GOODMAN: You have written several books. One of them is called Anti-Capitalism for Beginners: The New Generation of Emancipatory Movements. What do you mean?
EZEQUIEL ADAMOVSKY: Well, that book was about trying to communicate to wider audiences the ideas that social movements in Argentina were debating at that time. So we had the sense that we were debating all sorts of new ideas, but we didn’t have channels to spread all these ideas to larger audiences. So, the basic idea was that we were experiencing then the birth of a new sort of—a new formula of anti-capitalist movements, different from anti-capitalists of the past, at the same time being inheritors of that tradition, but also experimenting with new ideas and trying to reach better outcomes than the movements of the past.