It is no overstatement to assert that now in the 21st century the population of much of the developing world is politically stirring and in many places seething with unrest. It is a population acutely conscious of social injustice to an unprecedented degree, and often resentful of its lack of political dignity.
Politically awakened mankind craves political dignity, which democracy can enhance, but political dignity also encompasses ethnic or national self-determination, religious self-definition, and human and social rights, all in a world now acutely aware of economic, racial and ethnic inequities.
That turmoil is the product of the political awakening, the fact that today vast masses of the world are not politically neutered, as they have been throughout history.
They have political consciousness.
The quest for political dignity, especially through national self-determination and social transformation, is part of the pulse of self-assertion by the world’s underprivileged.
The nearly universal access to radio, television and increasingly the internet is creating a community of shared perceptions and envy that can be galvanized and channelled by political and/or religious passions.
These energies transcend sovereign borders and pose a challenge both to existing states as well as to the existing global hierarchy, on top of which America still precariously perches.
Protests involving thousands of protesters have recently been held in:
What replaces the current system lies in our hands, and that system should be one that is better then it’s predecessor as a system of governance that benefits the people with justice and equality for all.