Dear RN, Interesting question being "discussed" by austin & Richard in the last RN/cj posting which Richard sent (June 27 '00). >What the movement needs next is to figure out how to get to >the next step beyond demonstrations. I'm sure, looking with hindsight some years hence, we ought to be able to see some "next step" that will have emerged. At the same time, I think we are already taking "next steps" now in various ways. For one thing, the demonstrations have not been merely demonstrations, but have tried to use non-violent blockades and non-cooperation to make it difficult or impossible for agreements/meetings to proceed. Meanwhile, people in many countries are not waiting for their governments to lead us out of servitude to corporate globalization but are setting up alternative structures themselves. (I suppose the cyberjournal lists can be seen as part of an alternative media/news service. Lots of other projects one could cite as examples: community gardens/ community-supported agriculture, peace and reconciliation efforts through groups such as Peace Brigades International, Médecins sans frontières, Bat Shalom, Building a Culture of Nonviolence in Croatia (and the Centar Za Mir in Osijek) etc., alternative schooling, etc. etc.) One "next step" I see as crucially important is for people to see fully how our militaries have been "hijacked" by a corporate agenda and how our taxes and militaries are being used to commit crimes against humanity. From there, people must go on to do two things: 1) refuse to contribute to this evil and commit acts of civil disobedience to prevent others from doing it (by disarming planes which drop DU bombs, for instance) and 2) build up alternate ways of "defending" ourselves so that we will not have military forces just sitting around, waiting to be "hijacked". ... I think, when we reflect on the nature of power and the kind of world we want, we will see that military power (power over) is problematic not just because it can so easily be "hijacked" by those wanting to protect their stranglehold on an inordinate amount of the earth's resources. Maintaining armies also feeds off/necessitates a "growth" economy because armies consume vast amounts of natural resources, resources which would never be available were it not for the corporate exploitation of the earth. There is much we can do to help build true (not military) security. Some examples: strengthen international law and enforcement mechanisms (including the holding of alternate tribunals when the official ones are one-sided), contribute to the efforts of groups working to build trust, reconciliation and economic security in areas where these are lacking, inform ourselves and others of the reality of non-violent power; move ourselves and others beyond seeing history as a series of military battles won and lost to seeing the importance of acts of "Conscience and Courage" (as documented in one book with that title; there are, of course, many other excellent resources such as _Women Against the Iron Fist_ by Sybil Oldfield, books by Gene Sharp (and others at the Albert Einstein Institution in Cambridge MA), etc. In any case, I think the notes for a speech on globalization and envisioning healthy alternatives to globablization/growth by Bruna Nota, which I will send in the next message, fits in well with this discussion. I hope you will too! all the best, Jan P.S. RE: the idea of supporting Ralph Nader's campaign. While it does seem, from my perspective, unlikely that Nader would ever be elected president, I do not necessarily think it would be a mistake to put some energy into his campaign. If nothing else, political campaigns can give us opportunities to set before the public some crucial questions to consider. ...And since we're on the topic of "mistakes", I copy below something I already sent to this list, but a long time ago, along with another way of looking at "mistakes" that I just encountered recently: In the introduction to _Let the Mountains Speak, Let the Rivers Run_, Amory Lovins quotes someone else as saying that mistakes are situations one has not yet succeeded in turning to one's advantage (the notion that we can work to make meaningful and useful any situation that life might throw at us)... ---> From the beginning of a chapter entitled _Thriving in a "User-Friendly" Universe_ in Barry Neil Kaufman's _Happiness is a Choice_. Teaching everything in terms of circles or wheels is a Native American spiritual tradition. The "mistakes wheel" is a new perspective on the medicine wheel, which is part of the Sweet Medicine path, and shares keys to self-acceptance and acceptance of the universe. The five sections of the disk hold five messages about mistakes. In the north part of the wheel, the message reads: "Learning from our own mistakes". In the west part, it's "Learning from the mistakes of others". in the east portion, it says: "Learning from the mistakes of our teachers", and, in the south segment, it's "Being willing to make as many mistakes as it takes." Finally, in the centre of this medicine wheel, a position which represents the essence of learning, the following is written: "Learning that there is no such thing as a mistake".