I saw this in the comments:
supporting one cause over another cause does not cancel out supporting anything, it simply leaves us all free to do what ever we can to make things better
Glad you brought this up, and I vehemently disagree. I’ve had this conversation many times with activists from NGOs in countries all over the world. There are approximately 10,000 NGOs and approximately 2 million people who work for them who together control approximately 1 trillion dollars worth of the global GDP. The reason why NGOs in the green movement, the social justice movement, the free software movement and others have not had the success one would have imagined given the passion and intelligence of those involved is because they lack economies of scale. To successfully push back against corporate and political oligopolies requires a force that is equal or grater than the forces aligned against these movements. I have said many times before that the reason Greenpeace is not making more progress for environmental justice is because they insist on showing up to gun fight with a knife.
I disagree that all activists should be free to pursue their own agendas, at their own speed as this approach guarantees non-traction against the entrenched forces of mediocrity bent on preserving the devilish status quo and ‘business as usual.’
Economies of scale and inter-activist group strategies that leverage resources are needed to successfully push back and expand the public’s domain against privatization and encroachment.
For me, strategically speaking, the copyright reform movement is the lynch pin activist cause that has the potential to unlock all the others.
Before we can ‘save the whales’ ‘save the forests’ or ‘save our schools’ we first need to save our ability to think and create outside of copyright controlled corporate cloisters of domination and dictatorship.