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Change in the American Political System

"I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for--whether it's a field, or a home, or a country. All I ask is the chance to build new worlds."
-- Thornton Wilder, in "The Skin of Our Teeth"

"You never change things by fighting reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
-- Buckminster Fuller

"If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito."
-- Bette Reese (author)

"When the pain of not changing is greater than the pain of changing, then will change occur."
-- truism (from 12-step groups etc.)

"Honest conversation is the most powerful of revolutionary actions."
-- David Korten, in an interview in 'Trim Tab' (online gazette)

"My father was a great man, as any lucky man's father must be. He taught me: Glory to God, honor to my family, loyalty to my friends, respect for the law, love of country, and instant and open revolt against tyranny, whether it come from the bully in the schoolyard, the foreign dictator, or the local demagogue."
-- John Steinbeck, in "The Trial of Arthur Miller"

"We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds."
-- Hanmer Parsons Grant

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Evolutionary change

Also see Energy Descent.

Title Author, etc. Medium Topic Library Description
America Beyond Capitalism Gar Alperovitz Book Political change ILL Subtitled "Reclaiming our Wealth, our Liberty, and our Democracy". Section headings: The Pluralist Commonwealth; The Democratization of Wealth; Local Democracy and Regional Decentralization; 21st-Century Populism.

Revolutionary change

Title Author, etc. Medium Topic Library Description
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt Hedges & Sacco Book Revolt KlCo Wow! Makes you cry, makes you hopeful, makes you want to go out and man the barricades. Their discussion on how revolutions come about is worth the price of admission.
Ecotopia Ernest Callenbach Book Environment Kl Co Fictional account of a new nation along ecological lines in the American North-West.
Ecotopia Emerging Callenbach, Ernest Book Politics Kl Co The rise and triumph of an American movement to preserve (a small part of) the Earth
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Robert Heinlein Book Revolt Kl Co In spite of its setting, one of the most realistic revolutionary novels I know. Heinlein was always a utopian...
Red / Green / Blue Mars (trilogy) Kim S. Robinson book trilogy Politics Both This SF trilogy, encompassing Areology, terraforming, psychology, chemistry, physics, biology, economics, politics, and the complex details of revolution, earns my 'all-time best SF series' mark. It also talks about creating a new political/economic system from scratch, persuading groups with differing agendas to work together, and much more.
  • The importance of the French "salon" in the creation of the French Revolution is described in this Wikipedia article.

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