Shrinking back from leadership, letting the group decide, and refusing to exercise power are quite understandable reactions to centuries of patriarchal domination and exploitation of the Other. We want nothing to do with that, and so retreat sometimes to its antipode: self-abnegation. Perhaps recasting the next paradigm of leadership in terms of service rather than nonviolence (itself a negation) will remedy this tendency. A more beautiful world is calling us, and we need people to bow into its service as leaders.
Occupy’s Rolling Jubilee idea transcends politics and will be difficult for lenders to oppose.
Today, cognizant of the impotent flailings of the political class, we understand that deeper work is necessary before we can add more proposals or demands to the political froth. We need to change the climate, the basic mythology of our culture.
Occupy Wall Street has been criticized for its lack of clear demands, but how do we issue demands, when what we really want is nothing less than the more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible? No demand is big enough.