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Can you feel it?





The Arab Spring, the Occupation Movement, Turkey, Brazil… something is happening. We are witnessing history being made. Those who Rule and those who Profit are being challenged…

The 21st Century is where it begins… (apologies to ‘Torchwood’ for nicking their slogan)



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  1. Gosman
    24 June 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Your fellow The Daily Blog contributor Chris Trotter has a different slant on the protests in Brazil. In his view they are more reactionary than progressive in nature.

    In my opinion you over estimate the importance of these movements. There were mass protests in the West over the Iraq war in 2003 and this was seen as a ground changer as well by many on the hard left. Protests against the status quo and even radical change in the countries involved as a result is nothing new. We could go back to the protest movements in the former Soviet bloc in 1989 and 1990 as an example. Before that we had the late 1960’s. Nothing really changed radically World wide though.

    • Priss
      25 June 2013 at 3:24 pm

      “Nothing really changed radically World wide though.”

      What??? Are you for real??? Gawd almighty!!!

      That has to be the dumbest thing I’ve seen anyone write in ages (and that includes Facebook). Are you telling us that the fall of the governments in Algeria, Libya, and Eqypt wasn’t radical change???

      Are you telling us that the fall of the Berlin wall wasn’t radical change???

      Where are you living, the dark side of the moon??? If you haven’t noticed things happening in the world around you, then you’re not justcocooned, your hermetically sealed of.

      • Gosman
        26 June 2013 at 9:09 am

        Take Poland. The move to break free of Soviet domination was led by an i dependent trade union whose power base was the shipyards at Gdansk. They managed to break the stanglehold of the Communist party but the Shiopyards went from having 20,000 workers to around 2000 now and the business is on the verge of bankruptcy. Some people could argue that their freedom didn’t really give them much.

        • Strawberry Paddocks
          26 June 2013 at 11:42 am

          Priss referred to the Berlin Wall, Algeria, Libya, and Eqypt , and you side-tracked to Poland?? I think Priss’s examples of radical change in the world are good ones. And Space Monkey referred to gradual change as well.

          All up, Gosman, you’re arguing against the march of history. Not a very safe position to be in, as you’re liable to be trampled underfoot.

          If the Nat’s strike breaking bill is passed, we’ll see similar events happening here in NZ. All it takes is something to incense people and they’ll take to the streets. (Just don’t stand in the way, Gossy.)

    • samwise
      25 June 2013 at 5:58 pm

      I get the impression Gosman that you’re comfortable with the status quo and don’t want change. Why is that? How does the status quo which benefits only 1% possibly benefit you?

      You’re the sort of person who would’ve argued against abolition of slavery 200 years ago. After all, at one time slavery was the status quo. It took a string anti-slavery movement to change things.

    • SpaceMonkey
      26 June 2013 at 9:56 am

      So what if they are reactionary? Change starts with a reaction… then it progresses. Look at women’s sufferage, African-American civil rights, Bastion Point, anti-apartheid movement/Springbok tour… all started as reactions and then progressed.

      Radical change is rare. I believe most change is more glacial in its approach, being the sum of a multitude of actions and reactions. Every now and again there is an avalanche and a great chunk of ice separates away… so radical change is more the exception to the rule. Consequently, someone time travelling to NZ today from a NZ in the 60’s would notice huge differences.

      I also believe you can’t look at a single event without considering the wider context and because we are all participants in the change we often don’t see it until it is done. Overall it feels to me there is a steady shift in the world today, what some people might call an “awakening”. I seems to me that it’s an across-the-board questioning of values and all these rioters, protestors and whistle-blowers are guides as to the state of humanity.

      • Gosman
        26 June 2013 at 2:07 pm

        You do understand the difference between Reactionary and Progressive in political terms don’t you?

        • Theodore
          27 June 2013 at 12:25 pm

          Why don’t you tell us? Show us how clever you are.

  2. Deborah Kean
    24 June 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Let’s hope it reaches all the way here!

    • Priss
      25 June 2013 at 3:24 pm

      Amen sister! 🙂

    • Strawberry Paddocks
      26 June 2013 at 11:42 am


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