Saturday, June 20, 2009

What the Left Should be Learning From Iran

What the Left Should be Learning From Iran by Al Giordano of (The link goes to, where I found this article. But, is a good site to know about too. If anything is going on 'south of the border', its one of the first places to go for information.

Revolutionary moments change everything, including the context by which either faction – or a third one, yet to be revealed, of the kind that often pops up in these situations – will be able govern. No matter which faction emerges on top as a result of the current tumult, it will not be able to rule as before. A people awakened and organized is not so easy to push around anymore.

As a journalist, I have always followed the stories that help me to learn something new and important to me. And every hour, I’m learning a new set of tricks from these brave communicators in Iran and around the world: methods and techniques that will serve us in this hemisphere, soon enough, too.

The study of how to break information blockades is a life’s study for some of us. What a wonderful classroom we’ve been provided this week. Perhaps, just as Woody Guthrie painted on his guitar, we will finally be able to mark our communications tools: “This machine kills fascists,” and then evolve it to his friend Pete Seeger’s rejoinder, painted on his banjo: “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.”

The whole article is worth reading. I only clipped out a little bit. The rest is one of the better analysis of what's happening in Iran that I've read lately.

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