Posts Tagged ‘revolution

20
Sep
12

WeAreMany.org

About WeAreMany.org

Percy Bysshe Shelley’s famous poem, “Mask of Anarchy,” gave us the name for this site. The poem is a powerful call to action for the oppressed and exploited of the world to organize together against tyranny and injustice, which we feel well expresses our own motivation for collecting the resources in this site:

Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number –
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you –
Ye are many – they are few.

There are so many voices and so many struggles scattered across the planet (and the internet). We are attempting to gather these voices “in unvanquishable number” into a site that can offer a platform and, we hope, inspiration for action. The obstacles activists face today, like those faced by workers and the oppressed in Shelley’s day, are great. But our numbers are greater, and with solidarity and unity we can hope to begin to make changes in the systems we oppose.

This site cannot be exhaustive, and that is not our intent. We are simply trying to offer a small sampling of the best radical audio and video sources we know of. We know that the internet provides vast opportunities to share information and ideas, but we do not believe that this can replace the real actions of real people. We encourage our visitors, friends, fellow-travelers, and comrades to take inspiration from the people included here into their own struggles for justice.

The idea of this website first came from the annual Socialism conferences, packed with so many speakers and discussions and debates and our desire to share these discussions with others on a single platform. We had collected hundreds of talks and meetings over the years, but had never shared them in a coherent way. We hope you find this effort useful.

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20
Sep
12

Mask of Anarchy

Stand ye calm and resolute,
Like a forest close and mute,
With folded arms and looks which are
Weapons of unvanquished war.

And if then the tyrants dare,
Let them ride among you there,
Slash, and stab, and maim and hew,
What they like, that let them do.
With folded arms and steady eyes,
And little fear, and less surprise
Look upon them as they slay
Till their rage has died away

Then they will return with shame
To the place from which they came,
And the blood thus shed will speak
In hot blushes on their cheek.
Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number,
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you-
Ye are many — they are few

-Percy Bysshe Shelley

24
Aug
12

The greatest challenge

05
Aug
12

Reform or revolution?

04
Aug
12

Be the bomb

31
Jul
12

Money isn’t everything

28
Jul
12

The only possible revolution is inside us

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The only way to change the world is to change yourself. Revolution is not an external thing, it’s personal. You can’t change someone else’s mind or control their actions. You can only make yourself a better person. Imagine this: if everyone became the absolute best individual that they could be, what kind of world would that create? If words like love, respect, honesty, caring, and empathy were not merely words but actions as unconscious as breathing? What heights we could reach! What fantastical things we could accomplish! Human society working together for the common good, for the benefit of all life. It is possible. The revolution is this: the conscious evolution of our fundamental way of thinking. Change your mind, change the world!




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