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January 29, 2011

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Alain

With what is going on in Egypt this is a particularly timely post. Al;so, you may interested in something I just read over at Open Left: http://www.openleft.com/diary/21539/spontaneity-and-social-change-reflections-on-gramsci-pt1

He cites Gramsci's notion of "intentionally creating an aura of spontaneity" around social movements. While perhaps a bit condescending, it seems to resonate with what you are describing here - one must organize, channel and perhaps lead in order to seize on the massive restless energy of a populous. The person writing the post is a grass roots organizer who has noticed that most folks who get involved in a movement are not interested in the nitty-gritty of organizing - in fact it seems that propagating a myth of spontaneity may help build a stronger group. I am curious what you think if you get a chance to read it.

As always, thanks.

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