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The Question (ID Number 564)...

    You speak of programs very often as being only reactionary, but it seems that some can lead to new directions; especially if they are tribal. For example, Food Not Bombs is a program that is leading to a world free of totalitarian agriculture. I saw you write that free food is not the place to start, however, with programs such as this I think it can be a place to start. Do you encourage tribal programs in this nature?

    ...and the response:

    You have to distinguish between movements and programs. Movements are unstructured, undirected, unspecified endeavors on a broad front toward a general goal. Programs are structured, directed, and carefully specified actions by selected people working toward narrowly defined outcomes. Feminism is a movement; food stamps are a program. The Peace movement of the Sixties was a movement; the War on Drugs is a program. Food Not Bombs is self-described as a movement, not a program. In effect, what I myself am advocating is a movement--a movement away from blind acceptance of Taker mythology and a movement toward understanding that our fate is intimately bound up with the fate of the general community of life on this planet. In this sense, the Renaissance was a movement, though nothing at all like a program--and I'm calling for a New Renaissance, but again nothing like a program.

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