I think it's important to be sensitive to the ecology of social movements, the myriad ways in which they grow, multiply, amplify and unfold. Any mass social-political flowering- whether it be the civil rights actions of the 1960s or the WTO demonstrations in Seattle, Genoa and beyond- has behind it countless previous encounters and collaborations between humans at multiple levels of intensity and number. I'm suspicious of the progressive tendency to always see the cup as half empty ("this rally didn't do anything"). This perfectionist tendency can be debilitating, and it can also be a subtle if unconscious way for us to excuse ourselves from the responsibility of actively shaping the world around us. Better to just get out there and smash bodies together, create sparks, form new creations of human assembly and action. And to remember, as Jack Kerouac once put it, that walking on water isn't built in a day.