• Gladys Tiffany

    This is an interesting perspective, but I wonder if it includes elements tied to the honkin’ big wall between the rich and the poor that’s been built up by the huge income disparities. Occupy was just one part of social change work going on that this writer is oblivious to. Makes it sound as if he’s just asked a lot of academic and nonprofit buddies their opinions but isn’t in touch with a mass of stuff roiling in the streets.

    • DC

      Gladys those are big leaps of assumptions. And I’m willing to bet you’re under 30 so your experience in community politics, other than Occupy, is limited. I happen to agree with Rick because I’ve seen how nonprofits compromise any potential, coopt is the word we used in the 1960s and 1970s. And this coopting is still going on. Cut Rick some slack and consider that he’s right.

      • Gladys Tiffany

        Nah. I’m not as young as you think, and I’m still seeing lots going on that I don’t see reflected in this essay.

  • Colin Penter

    Great piece again Rick. Writing from Australia I can only agree wholeheartedly with Rick and thank him for this piece. The situation he describes exists here in Australia where large parts of the NFP sector (particularly those part of the sector funded by government, philanthropy and/or corporations) have chosen to distance themselves from social movements and collective action and political mobilisation that aims to highlight and challenge economic inequality and unjust state and corporate power. There are many reasons for them doing that, including the silencing effect of dependence on government and corporate funding, the growing corporatisation of the NFP sector and the open hostility of Federal and State governments and business and corporate interests to the power of activism and collective action by citizens. In Australia, with a few honorable exceptions, political mobilisation and social movements to eradicate socio-economic inequities and challenge corporate and economic power are not driven by NFP organisations, but largely by citizen groups and citizen action.