Across the world, and in the Occupy Wall Street movement, the shouts of protest are getting louder. But will protest alone be enough? Experience suggests otherwise. Instead, we need to consider new methods of political change.
Revolutions come in different shapes and sizes: some violent, some peaceful; some economic, others social. What they have in common is the very word "revolution" -- a turn of the wheel, with the cart moving forwards.
The current political situation in Egypt is a complex weave of shifting alliances, jostling for power, democratic aspirations, and fear -- fear of losing long-held privileges, of skeletons in closets, and of what tomorrow could bring.
With elections in Tunisia happening this week, and with Egypt's just around the corner, we need to be prepared to accept an outcome that may be disappointing to some, but should not be surprising to anyone.
Gaddafi is gone, but the hard journey to democracy has scarcely begun. It will require in Libya that 140 tribes be reconciled, that the 300-year-old quarrel of East and West, Cyrenaica and Tripolitania, be put aside.
So, are you angry enough to take your own life back? Are you ready to be heard? Are you at the place where your present condition is so threatened that the only thing that could possibly save you is your own rebellious voice?
Mad as Hell is much more than screaming and disrupting, and it is never about rage or violence. It is about constructing a humane, creative response to the crisis of our world. It is a stand we take as individuals.