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Eric Hoffer and the Creation of Fanatical Mass Movements. What is the nature of a true mass movement?

Eric Hoffer and the Creation of Fanatical Mass Movements

In 1951, the American philosopher Eric Hoffer attempted to answer this, and published his first and most well-known work: The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements. The True Believer became a hit because it was released on the heels of World War II and at the outset of the US/Soviet Cold War, and hoped to explain the nature of the “mass movements” that created widespread devastation: Nazism, Fascism, and Stalinism among them. Most people were still hungry for answers. (Heck, many people all over the world were still hungry, period.)

Against Activism. Almost a decade ago I attended a conference called “1968” at a nondescript college in New Jersey.

Against Activism

Mark Rudd, a student radical turned community college math instructor living out his retirement in New Mexico, delivered the keynote. Taking the podium, he reflected critically on the national renown he had earned in his early twenties for his role in the Columbia University occupation and his involvement with the Weather Underground, a mediagenic group of militant rebels who preached the gospel of “propaganda of the deed” by detonating bombs in places like the Pentagon and the Capitol.

(Fortunately, there were no casualties.) The audience members, mostly graduate students and twentysomething politicos like myself, were disposed to cheer Rudd’s revolutionary past, impressed by the years he spent living as a fugitive. Rebecca Solnit on Hope in Dark Times, Resisting the Defeatism of Easy Despair, and What Victory Really Means for Movements of Social Change. Liquid Democracy. Concensus process.

CONSENSUS (Direct Democracy @ Occupy Wall Street) Theory & Event - Semantic, Pragmatic, and Affective Enactment at OWS. Participation and communication pt. two: the stages of community building. The main reason for communities to break apart is conflict; conflict mostly caused through a lack of communication. When people get together and discover their freedom, they feel like there is new meaning in their collective but also individual lives.

They mostly experience some kind of deep harmony. Quick guide on group dynamics in people’s assemblies. This text has been prepared by the Commission for Group Dynamics in Assemblies of the Puerta del Sol Protest Camp (Madrid).

Quick guide on group dynamics in people’s assemblies

It is based on different texts and summaries which reached consensus in the internal Assemblies of this Commission (and which will be made available on the official webs of the 15th May Movement) and from the experiences gained in the General Assemblies held in this Protest Camp up until 31st May 2011. pdf-it, pdf-fr, pdf-es, pdf-en The purpose of this Quick Guide is to facilitate and encourage the development of the different Popular Assemblies which have been created since the beginning of the 15th May Movement. This Quick Guide will be periodically revised and updated. On no account is it to be considered a closed model which cannot be adapted through consensus by any given Assembly.

Nonviolent Communication.

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InterOccupy. Distracting Influences. Are Americans a Broken People? Why We've Stopped Fighting Back Against the Forces of Oppression. December 11, 2009 | Like this article?

Are Americans a Broken People? Why We've Stopped Fighting Back Against the Forces of Oppression

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Why Are Americans So Easy to Manipulate? (Image: Head gears via Shutterstock)What a fascinating thing!

Why Are Americans So Easy to Manipulate?

Total control of a living organism! — psychologist B.F. Skinner The corporatization of society requires a population that accepts control by authorities, and so when psychologists and psychiatrists began providing techniques that could control people, the corporatocracy embraced mental health professionals. In psychologist B.F. What's Stopping More of Us From Being Environmentalists and Feminists? Canadian researchers report people hold negative views of political and social activists, and their unwillingness to associate with such people dampens the likelihood of changing their behavior.

What's Stopping More of Us From Being Environmentalists and Feminists?

Why don’t people behave in more environmentally friendly ways? New research presents one uncomfortable answer: They don’t want to be associated with environmentalists. That’s the conclusion of troubling new research from Canada, which similarly finds support for feminist goals is hampered by a dislike of feminists. Participants held strongly negative stereotypes about such activists, and those feelings reduced their willingness “to adopt the behaviors that these activities promoted,” reports a research team led by University of Toronto psychologist Nadia Bashir.

This surprisingly cruel caricaturing, the researchers conclude, plays “a key role in creating resistance to social change.” Another study, featuring 17 male and 45 female undergraduates, confirmed the pervasiveness of those stereotypes. The Three Reasons Why Americans AREN'T Rising Up in Open Revolt (Robert Reich) Engaging Apathetic and Disempowered Groups. Margaret J. Wheatley: Disturb Me, Please.

Eight hundred years ago, Catherine, a woman living in Sienna Italy who was later to become a saint, stated: "Speak the truth in a million voices.

Margaret J. Wheatley: Disturb Me, Please

Community Organizer scott crow Talks Shifting Culture Without Government — American Dreamers. I recently spoke to noted community organizer scott crow about how average people—people with dreams, vision, grit and motivation—can effect change in a very real and quantifiable way after the vote.

Community Organizer scott crow Talks Shifting Culture Without Government — American Dreamers

This isn't a playbook for smashing some McDonald's or Starbucks windows, but for taking the fight to communities. A tired cycle exists in American electoral culture. Every two years we vote for federal representatives and senators, and every four years we vote in the presidential election. Each election cycle builds to a critical mass of ideological recriminations, crescendoing on election day. Americans then rather sadly wash their hands of the mess, and resolve to do very little or nothing to actively make democracy work. Sandra Steingraber on Taking Action. Bill Moyer- What Does it mean to be an Organizer. Funding Resources. Home. Mailing Lists in Politics: How to Reach Your Voters - NextMark. How To Occupy. Inter-Occupy Behavorial Issue Registry. Occupy theorists launch militant research handbook. Mindful Occupation - Radical Mental Health. Campus Organizing Guide for Peace & Justice Groups.

Tools for a Better Future. Neat Stuff.

Tools for a Better Future

New Rules for Radicals: 10 Ways To Spark Change in a Post-Occupy World. February 1, 2012 | Like this article?

New Rules for Radicals: 10 Ways To Spark Change in a Post-Occupy World

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. 6 People You Need to Start a Revolution. April 12, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. With the 99% Spring up and rolling and set to bring 100,000 new activists to the party this weekend, there's some increased friction between various progressive groups who are working to expand the movement this year. What is a Resilience Circle? SurveyMonkey: Free online survey software & questionnaire tool. Statista - The Statistics Portal for Market Data, Market Research and Market Studies. - Start, Join, and Win Campaigns for Change. Petition Site - Start free petitions. In the Moment. Jason Adams Williams College. Good news from Germany: A 'global transformation of values has already begun'.

Phases of social diffusion of ideas and behaviours, and the roles of change agents in the transformation process. Source: WGBU Good news from Germany: A ‘global transformation of values has already begun’. It’s proving tough to leverage changing attitudes into sustainable behaviour — but a transition to a more sustainable society ‘would be welcomed by a significant part of world society’. In a 400-page report called World in Transition: A Social Contract for Sustainability, the German Advisory Council on Climate Change (WGBU), the heavyweight scientific body that advises the German Federal Government on ‘Earth System Megatrends’, reviewed a wide-range of values surveys.

A significant majority of the German population, it found, views growth and capitalism with scepticism and ‘does not believe in the resilience of market-driven economic systems’. Scientists find visions of a benevolent future society motivate reform. Study on Social Movements and Policy Implementation; Andrews, K.T. A centralized location for your leftist literature: Archive. Don't Let Occupy Be Occupied: 6 Ways to Fight the Creep to Institutionalize. An open letter and warning from a former tea party movement adherent to the Occupy Wall Street movement. : occupywallstreet.

Theory & Event - Claiming Division, Naming a Wrong. Technology Operations Group. Occupy Research Draft. Two Years After the Eviction of OWS, Here's 5 People Keeping the Movement Alive by Kathleen Ann Bradley. Two years ago today, when Occupy Wall Street was evicted from Zuccotti Park, many wondered what was next for the movement. Two years later, we profile five projects that got their starts in the encampments and are still making change today. posted Nov 15, 2013 It was a cold night in late January 2012.

The New York subway doors opened and a tall, dark-haired, 30-ish young man dressed entirely in black—leather jacket, jeans, and boots—stepped into the car. The U.S. Occupy Movement – Since the Eviction from the Squares. Chicago Rising! — www.thenation. Slavoj Žižek: Don't Act. Just Think. 4 Principles For Creating Change, And 4 Barriers That Make It Harder. Why Fast, Cheap, and Easy Design Is Killing Your Nonprofit’s Brand.