George Lawson writes in Anatomies of Revolution about two common but unhelpful ways that revolutions are viewed. Either as everywhere – on the streets in the Middle East, to describe new technology, in films and also to describe political leaders. The second is that they are minor disturbances and "irrelevant to a world in which … Continue reading What are revolutions?
Social movements are important because when collective action spreads across an entire society it leads to a cycle of protest. When such a cycle is organised around opposed or multiple classes or interest groups then this can lead to revolutions . This is simplistic as there are many causes and factors that lead to revolutions, … Continue reading What are social movements?
Writing about history is important for this project, but why is that? I took for granted how important learning from history is without really thinking about why. When I read How Change Happens by Duncan Green, he clarified things. This got me thinking about wanting to understand learning from history better to then write about … Continue reading Learning from history
I'm going to use Jane McAlevey’s definition for organising as described in a previous post: "organizing places the agency for success with a continually expanding base of ordinary people, a mass of people never previously involved, who don't consider themselves activists at all – that's the point of organizing." In this post, I've included activism … Continue reading What to organise around?