How does social change come about?
Sure, there is plenty of yippie-versus-yuppie posturing, but entrenched institutions evolve but slowly, and much remains relevant today.
I think that everything I’m doing today is a natural evolution of the past. … In the 70s, millions of individuals made individual decisions to go into the system, in one way or another. … And the transformation of western society from an industrial society to an information society, a historical transformation, is taking place because of the baby boom generation.
What is the role of self-reliance in changing society? Self-reliance used to be, and historically has been, a right-wing cop-out idea. But I’m proposing that we take the idea of self-reliance and marry it to the concept of community.
I know that when Jesse Jackson goes to black high schools … his message is something like this: Stop blaming whitey. Stop blaming capitalism. … Change yourselves.
So a superficial right-wing message of changing yourself is, I believe, an explosive philosophy that people from the 60s should adopt and inculcate into a new method for changing society. … The real challenge for the activists of the 60s is to build a majority coalition for the 80s and the 90s.
I am the broken record. I am the has-been. … I still believe in the effectiveness of political activism and grassroots organizing. …
I call on people to make a balance between their individual needs for a comfortable life and as citizens in a community and partners in a world out there. … I don’t want to see a country that feels it has to control the rest of the world in order to build its standard of living. …
I don’t want to see people define success as money alone. … Where’s the evidence that the new generation of rich is going to be any different from the old generation of rich?