Contemporarily speaking, I believe we are witnessing (or perhaps participating in) a truly historical moment as the “Occupy Wallstreet” movement further expands and unfolds. My “integral” interpretation of this phenonmenon is that it represents the shift from the modern era to the postmodern era in which the multitude rise up to confront the hierarchal control and democratic farce of the modern capitalist system. Witnessing this event via international English news channels, principally Aljazeera and RT News (Moscow), I couldn’t help but think of Hardt and Negri’s MULTITUDE: WAR AND DEMOCRACY IN THE AGE OF EMPIRE. I have to give them credit. They seem to have been right on the mark in their analysis. Though labeled as neo-Marxists, I think they would be more accurately classified as “Post-Marxist” instead. Well, we might even have to give Marx his due. He was just too far ahead of his time – even more than he himself realized – a real 19th century futurist! So, to get back to the “Occupy Wallstreet” movment, once again, I believe it represents the changing of the era – so it’s the postmodern revolution. Hopefully, since the affirmative postmodernists can be distinguished by their commitment to nonviolent principles, this revolution will be peaceful; however, given the fact that modern regimes within industrial civilization uphold their hierarchal power structure largely through violence – that violence is a key principle of Empire and civilization – then I doubt it.
By the way, I recently completed the final draft of “The Image of a Nonkilling Future,” which I will upload separately since it seems that won’t be able to do it here. Meanwhile, here’s a section in which I characterize (affirmative) postmodern consciousness: “… which is characterized by universal pluralism/ multiculturalism / holism; the dignity of the individual; subjective truth; New Age spirituality; alternative medicine and therapy; sensitivity to the repressed, marginalized, and exploited; support of authentic, direct democracy; progressive politics; social activism; planetary awareness and global consciousness; environmental/ecological conservation/sustainability/restoration; rejection of scientism, materialism, reductionism, utilitarianism, and technical rationality; recognition of the pathologies of modernism; sensitivity to feminine, intuitive, and “right brain” ways of knowing; opposition to militarism, imperialism, corporatism, and capitalism; anti-globalization / pro-localism; anti-war; civil disobedience; peace studies and the principles of non-violent conflict resolution and social interaction; and a refusal to accept the metaphor of the machine as the dominant metaphor in its vision of the future.”