openDemocracy, 6 May 2011 **** Front Page

The instinct for freedom

The international, London-based online publication openDemocracy sent the following request to their contributors:

Please help us set our editorial agenda for the next 10 years – send us a postcard responding to the following commission: “Imagine that it is the year 2050, and against the odds, open and pluralist forms of democracy prevail over vast swathes of the earth's surface. What is the single most welcome shift, expected or unexpected but transformative, that made this happen in the intervening years? What did that change have to overcome? Talk about the world, or your own neighbourhood, or anything in between.”

This was my postcard:

Tapani Lausti:

In the late 2010s the insane austerity measures imposed on millions of people around the world finally exhausted citizens' patience. Unexpectedly, a new culture of popular resistance emerged, inspired by what Noam Chomsky had once called an 'instinct for freedom'. People began to sense the outlines of truly democratic forms of self-rule which would allow them to work under conditions of their own choosing in voluntary association with others. These creative urges formed the basis of the new society. People still argue about social alternatives, but now in a highly intelligent way.

Zanon factory occupation, Argentina


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