Laugh Your Blessings

How Satire Can Save the World.

In some of the world’s most dangerous, politically-stifled geographies — from Azerbaijan to Russia — activists are using comedy to say publicly what would otherwise be unspeakable.

In all the recent debates about whether social media was responsible for movements like the Arab spring or the Tea Part [sic], we’ve forgotten that sometimes humor matters more than the straight news and information, especially in closed media environments. Those who have the ability to make fun of their leaders have the ability to lead a free life in many more aspects.

Here are six key examples from around the world to demonstrate how satire can move the needle on difficult issues that are otherwise unmovable.

Activism Works at Least Some of the Time

How the Pipeline Died — And How to Bury It For Good. Grassroots strategies paid off for the climate movement in a big way.

This Wednesday afternoon, the Obama administration rejected the permit for Keystone XL, a 1,700 mile oil pipeline that would have run from the tar sands of Alberta to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. The announcement is a huge victory for the grassroots climate movement. As writer and Keystone XL protest leader Bill McKibben wrote this afternoon,

“This isn’t just the right call, it’s the brave call. The knock on Barack Obama from many quarters has been that he’s too conciliatory. But here, in the face of a naked political threat from Big Oil to exact ‘huge political consequences,’ he’s stood up strong. This is a victory for Americans who testified in record numbers, and who demanded that science get the hearing usually reserved for big money.”

Let’s Play Revivication!

“Restoring the Waters of Life to Democracy!” a talk by Caroline Casey

Big Mythic Forces are in play — sounds like a case for the Compassionate Trickster within us all! Let’s gather together so that we may be replenished for the adventures ahead, to toss the Ring of Power into the Crack of Doom, to re-animate the soul of this country, that the world may bloom again.

Saturday, October 18th, 2008
8:03 PM
Marin Civic Center Veterans Memorial Auditorium
San Rafael, CA

P.S: Caroline says: “All of nature is willing to cooperate with us delinquent humans to solve the crises we have created.”