Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

We continue to witness each year the eruption of “leaderless” social movements.  From North Africa and the Middle East to Europe, the Americas, and East Asia, movements have left journalists, political analysts, police forces, and governments disoriented and perplexed.  Activists too have struggled to understand and evaluate the power and effectiveness of horizontal movements.  Why have the movements, which express the needs and desires of so many, not been able to achieve lasting change and a more just society?  Many assume that if only social movements could find new leaders they would return to their earlier glory and be able to sustain and achieve projects of social transformation and liberation.  Where, they ask, are the new Martin Luther King Jr.s, Rudi Dutschkes, Patrice Lumumbas, and Stephen Bikos?  Where have all the leaders gone?

Sponsored by the Department of Rhetoric; Co-Sponsored by the Program in Critical Theory, the UC Berkeley Global Urban Humanities Initiative, the Townsend Center, and the departments of English, Italian, and Geography.