From:   Alexandre Machado De Sant'Anna Carvalho <>
Sent time:   Wednesday, October 12, 2011 12:31:12 PM
Subject:   [september17discuss] The social contract is broken - and this movement is beyond anyone's control now

Hey all;
I first write to everyone to say that we have crossed the threshold, the point-of-no-return for this social movement to spread everywhere. Like a wildfire, a pandemic of democratic participation, we have done it. It is now a chain reaction, self-sustaining and with a life of its own. Congratulations! This is what we all have been dreaming of. It is a honor to be standing by your side. As the Spanish revolutionaries once wrote, "Better to die standing than to live on your knees". This is why we march.
And since now it is greater than any single individual or group, for the sake of keeping your head sane and your heart still engaged, be aware: we are not in control. You are not in control. We at the NYC occupation are not in control. The website hosts are not in control. No one is in control of this hurricane. This realization is liberating. Think about this thoroughly.
We were able to capture successfully the zeitgest: this general feeling that representative democracy failed miserably, and that people do not feel represented by power. In other words, the social contract is broken: time for a revolution.  As Jeff Madrick said, "Time to go where Injustice is".
Our job is to come up with an alternative to the current politik, as we are doing already - and of course, to make sure this movement keeps pushing, offering hope to the plurality of voices that daily converge to the square, seeking empathy for their quotidian pain.  
Humanization, emancipation, solidarity

Alexandre M.S. Carvalho, M.D., MPH
2009 Reynolds Fellow   
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