And perhaps we are seeing a slow-motion revolution. Credit unions and peer-to-peer lenders, owners of coffee shops competing against Starbucks, the steady rise in the numbers becoming self-employed, the growth of bloggers, tweeters and file-sharers are all taking small - not necessarily deliberate - steps away from hierarchical capitalism, just as early factory owners made small contributions to the industrial revolution.
What Erik Olin Wright calls (pdf) interstitial transformations can ultimately add up to more radical economic change than windbags on marches.Stumbling and Mumbling
On Social Change
Chris Dillow | Investors Chronicle (UK)
I did a master's thesis in social and political philosophy entitled Revolution or Evolution: Toward a Theory of Social Change (Georgetown University, 1972). My conclusion was similar to Dillow's (evolution leading to revolution), but with a bit of a different focus.
I concluded that real and lasting social change occurs as a consequence of a change in the level of collective consciousness based partially on the integration of subjectivity with objective condition, especially growth of complexity, and partially on changes in subjectivity itself in the direction of greater universality. The latter is the chief reason that history has a liberal bias. Greater universality entails a greater range of freedom by expanding awareness of potential.