Facing and understanding the obstacles (including "the enemy") on the way to the Possible Good World (PGW) is a strategy that can lead to hope and success:
"I am not trying to solve
the problem but trying to state
it..." Einstein (paraphrased). Correctly stating a problem provides the necessary clues that lead to solutions, resolutions or dissolution.
What seems to be missing from so many projects, including WorldShif2012, is reference to systems thinking
and the thinking tools it provides for understanding systemic resistance and "whole systems redesign". As a result we, as activists, can not even learn from past failures, of which there are far too many. But that is a long story for now, so just a warning from Stafford Beer's Beyond Dispute
: "...our very way of speaking underwrites the system that needs reform..."
The hope that arises from understanding "the enemy" is the realisation that it has weaknesses. The chief weakness is the illegitimacy or inappropriateness of its underlying and supporting conceptual framework. So here is another ignored advice of twenty years ago from Willis Harman's Global Mind Change---The Promise of the Last Years of the Twentieth Century
"...no matter how powerful the economic or political or even military institution, it persists because it has legitimacy, and that legitimacy comes fro the perception of the people. People give legitimacy, and they can take it away. A challenge to legitimacy is probably the most powerful force for change to be found in history.