Introduction & Overview
The World Revolution is an ambitious, yet necessary and desirable, idea for a new, global grassroots social movement for progressive social change. It aims to resolve in a definitive and comprehensive manner the major social problems of our world and our era.
The World Revolution is intended to be a large-scale, mass social movement, involving large numbers of people, and international in scope. It is also intended to be a long-term, yet urgent social movement. A tentative time-frame for the WR is 15-25 years.
There are four broad 'issue areas' of the WR: 'Peace', Human Rights, Environment, and Development.
The World Revolution is intended to be a primarily peaceful and nonviolent revolution, based on nonviolent activism, organizing and advocacy.
A major aspect of the WR is an attempt to unify both the various organizations as well as individuals throughout the world that are working for global justice.
The WR is intended to be a free and open social movement, and not a formal, official organization. It is intended to be fully democratic, decentralized and non-hierarchical in its structure and decision-making.
Types of activity and activism envisioned by the World Revolution include: protests, public education, media activism, civil disobedience, direct action, and other traditional as well as new, innovative forms of activism, advocacy, campaigning and protest.
It is envisioned that the WR would be organized into 'local WR groups' or 'project groups', which would form the main organizational structure and nucleus of activity of the World Revolution.
The World Revolution would have a comprehensive, multi-issue agenda of issues of concern and policy objectives on global issues, providing the main basis for advocacy and activism. An agenda would be a comprehensive set of policy objectives that the World Revolution aims to achieve.
An important part of the World Revolution will also be to conduct full research and analysis on various global issues of concern, and which will provide a basis for arriving at concrete and specific policy objectives which the WR will aim to advocate.
Another important part of the World Revolution will be to explore, posit, and pursue new alternatives to existing social, political, and economic systems, structures and institutions.
The rationale for the World Revolution includes the following points: the state of the world and the scale and nature of the world's problems demands a full response; and the need for more unification and intensification of efforts to solve the world's most serious and pervasive problems.
Viva la revolución!
Supporting Literature & Related Articles
Building the City of Man: Outlines of a World Civilization
by W. Warren Wagar
This book was the original source of inspiration for the idea of the World Revolution. It was written in 1971 by Warren Wagar, who was a Distinguished Teaching Professor of history and future studies at SUNY Binghamton (State University of New York). Please note that the World Revolution is not meant to follow all the points of this book.
Resurrect the R-Word
by Michael Albert
Article calling for the resurrection of the R-word, "revolution", written by Michael Albert of Z Magazine/ZNet. The full article talks mainly about issues relating to the United States.
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