There’s a rather good (honest, useful) article on the front of the February 2013 issue of Peace News. Gabriel Carlyle looks at “the sometimes shambolic, always peaceful and often heroic resistance to the tree-felling in Combe Haven for the Hastings-Bexhill Link Road, and the lessons learned.”
He quotes his own fears – “We should have seen it coming. We should have prepared for this. We were taking the right steps, and doing the right things, but too slowly.”
I think you can see where I am going with this, yes? Bigger picture is the smugosphere.
Kudos to Mr Carlyle – and the publishers – for being willing to run prominent articles that aren’t just “heroic protestors versus over-powerful corporates/police/government”.
There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.
Julius Caesar Act 4, scene 3, 218–224