Normally it is articles or letters to which one responds, but this time it is the International Herald Tribune’s excellent 12-12-11 cartoon, to which I respond with another cartoon, drawn for me by my friend Jim Matthews.

The original cartoon showed politicians as puppets, dangled from sticks held out the winows of office blocks labelled ‘financial markets’. My feeling is this loss of democratic control has created grassroots reactions – Occupy Wall St., 99%, the Arab uprisings, recent protests in Moscow, in Mumbai, in China – are all emerging from the same soil. Here are signs of a kind of human mycelium, its connective ‘network’ the social internet (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

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