Seize the Time!
People have power but can exercise it most effectively when it is organized and collective. It’s relatively easy for the state and big business to pick off and neutralize freelancers and lone operatives. It’s when a movement forms that the state and the corporations can be challenged. Citizens in privileged societies like the U.S. often complain that they feel helpless and can’t do anything to shake the power structure. It’s an odd complaint given the advantages most Americans have and poses a sharp contrast with other countries. With few resources, citizens in impoverished East Timor, Nicaragua, Haiti and India have risen and resisted oppression and overthrown tyrannies. But in the land of the free? “Well, I’m kind of busy. Any beer in the fridge? What’s on TV tonight?” Arundhati Roy’s tonic for apathy? Get involved. Get active. Seize the time!
Interview by David Barsamian.
Recorded at Town Hall.
Arundhati Roy is a world-renowned award-winning writer and global justice activist. Tariq Ali says of her she “is both loathed and feared by the Indian elite. Loathed because she speaks her mind. Feared because her voice reaches the world outside India and damages the myths perpetrated by New Delhi.” Among her many books are My Seditious Heart and Azadi.