Monday, May 23, 2011

Letter from London

date Sun, May 22, 2011 at 1:45 PM
subject Re: citizens movements

Hi F.,

Part of me is looking at it with skepticism:

It may be coming late, they know what they don't want, and they are trying to figure out what they want, but I still believe that they don't really know what they want (so difficult to change anything and easy to fall in the rhetoric). As if it is a scape valve of a general discontent of the system, but the system itself benefits from this, as people express the discontent, they feel great and then they go home to eat the same shit. It is like taking a dose of the drug that you need and then enjoy the high.
Make people comfortable on their discontent and keep going on the same system if they don't know how to change it.

But the other part is looking at it with lots of enthusiasm and optimism:

Hopefully this becomes to May of 68, where there are tangible proposals in the table and there is a bottom up revolution to make little but needed changes in social responsibility and political class change. It seems that it is not only a demonstration of discontent ("a la grec", destroying urban furniture and rioting the police). It seems that is going beyond that and some good outcome may come from this.

I am hopeful that the balance will go for the second more optimistic.


Sent: Sat, 21 May, 2011 14:09:11
Subject: citizens movements

Hi guys,

I am watching the live streams from Madrid and Barcelona and it seems very exciting! What do u think?

May be we should follow here..

take care,

U. is α Basque engineer living in London