Power to the people… but slowly

10.08.2011                      10.Aw-Elul, 5771

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Power to the people… but slowly

Spend a night at Jerusalem’s tent city and you’ll see the inner workings of grassroots democracy up close.

It was past midnight and I’d pretty much had my fill of democracy. I came to experience the general session of the Jerusalem tent protest, a nightly event that draws hundreds of people and has even created its own sign language to express support, opposition, or to encourage speakers to stop digging and get to the point.
Democracy in action is a beautiful thing. But giving the people an equal share of power, well, it just takes a really, really long time. Approaching 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, I was so stuffed with love and patience for my fellow man that for a moment I could see the allure of an absolute dictatorship….