From No to Go—Roger Cohen24 June 2013
Roger Cohen has written an extraordinarily thoughtful piece by this title on the mass protests of the Arab Spring, Turkey and Brazil (nyti.ms/14wIrbs). All three protests demonstrate that, without leaders, a movement will not move. Mass movements or protests may have the capacity to bring a government down. But, building a government requires leadership. We saw a similar occurrence from Marx to Lenin. Marx said the proletarians needed to get organized. Lenin said “No. I’ll lead them.”
Same applies today. Social media is a powerful tool of communication. But, it does not yet deliver leadership.