The Price of Persistence; the Cost of Validation
Revolutionary Notes by Anthony Morgan
Who precisely are “the people?” What exactly is “the people’s job?” I think “the people” are any of the named and unnamed that take a stand and combat social ills in real time, everyday life for whatever reason or purpose they have chosen. I think “the people’s job” is also to support, reinforce, and use collective perspective and actions to strategically and forcefully engage on social, communal, and environmental levels. The people are the figurative fuel that ignites, propels, and moves an idea, perspective, or demand of a body.
An individual possesses the innate abilities to be dynamic, thoughtful, critically aware, and able to be mindful about actions and consequences; a group has limitations based on the models of consensus and democracy. Individuals have the autonomy to freely maneuver without the obstacle or perceived obstacle of stagnation or limited progression because of what it takes to engage and mobilize a body of people. The job of the people is to accept information on many fronts for it to be processed, dissipated, and acted upon. Basically, to stay constantly “in the know” about important issues that affect the common citizen is a heavy task, but nevertheless, paramount. People want to be in the know regardless of how important or unimportant matters are. It is the people’s responsibility to know the frameworks and functions of systems or bodies of government in order to see their intentions (apparent or underlying) and to find out how we as a collective can aid in the process if it is beneficial for the people or how to collectively disrupt it if it is of detriment to our communal existence. We remain the constant momentum that flows in the veins of “the movement.” Without the continual actions, engagements, and expressions large and small, there fails to be motion or what is understood as “movement.”
If the people hold the task of making the agenda mobile, whose job is it to equip the people with tools, information, perspective, and political education to fully equip them to continue where so many others have left off? Whose responsibility is it to provide viable vehicles of outlet and tangible spaces for the aforementioned relations to take shape? Very little, if anything, happens without literal and practical time, space, and energy. The point I am attempting to make is that even within a movement there remain duties, responsibilities, and systems in place that offer frameworks and agendas. The activist informs, educates, empowers, and activates souls to a collective agenda that the organizer has helped provide the space and direction within, for the people to create, review, and actively support and push it forward by all means necessary. A leader must develop the tools, skills, know-how, and resourcefulness to rise from the people to lead from within them and become an extension of direction for them. This is not an easy task, for people have sporadic emotions and very short memories, and need far more encouragement at times than those sanctioned to guide and protect them.