- Mahatma Gandhi
The original idea for ChangeAny1thing was to make a place for people to share progressive ideas for social change. This was during the Great Insanity of the post 9/11 world, when up was down, when Bush was king and before 80% of the US felt things were going in the wrong direction. When open-minded, progressive change was a badly needed dream, not the – albeit slow – reality we’re seeing take hold.
The idea was to start a movement. But we’re starting to see one take form. And that’s fantastic.
Of course living in America during the opening shots of the 21st century has been frustrating – even scary – to anyone who thinks positive change is possible. Looking back at the last 60 years, it seems like we’ve been trying to undo the twentieth century itself, forgetting all of the positive gains that were won at such tremendous cost. The labor movement, the democracy movement, the anti-war movement, the civil rights movement, the environmental movement; in many ways these great strides forward have taken many steps backward. Everywhere, up looks like down.
It was Ronald Reagan who proclaimed that “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem”, pleasant-sounding words that changed OUR government from protectors of the public good into a tool for a select few. A generation later and corporate influence has invaded every element of our lives, while the real distribution of wealth has gone to a small percentage and from everyone else.
November 4, 2008 is a great start. But now is not the time to relax; rather, now is the time to keep shouting from the outside in. The impact of the blogosphere has never been more profound; it may have been the reason those old tried-and-true attacks – finally – missed their mark in the last election. We’ve elected a president that may actually bring us to the 21st century.
So let’s keep pushing on the social change we still need. Visit often!