Despite striking differences in philosophy and funding, these two movements are two sides of the same coin. Americans enraged by displacement and decline are beginning to speak and to act out.
As the super wealthy in our new Gilded Age continue to make their interests felt and the chattering classes fail to make the issues clear, an ugly anger is bubbling up. That anger is much more profound than the rage of riots. Riots are in some ways safety valves. They release the pressure but rarely produce lasting change. I’m still driving past structures in Watts that never recovered from the 68 riots.
This anger is powerful. It will not be easily dispelled. Our diversions may be losing their grip.
The first organization, institution or political entity that channels this mood will be very powerful indeed. This is a moment for those with vision and organization. This is a time for people with the insight to play the long game who are committed to the long haul. .
If you don’t want to be consumed, you must lead even if you only lead yourself.