Source: Beyond Hollywood
“In rejecting the need of mediators and the dominant paradigm which holds that the people cannot govern themselves or change and rebel autonomously, we are of course affirming the opposite: that the people can govern themselves. Even more, it is our contention that people liberate themselves from oppressors only when both the initiative and the struggle come from them, from within themselves rather than from external agents of change.”
— Dana Stuchul, Gustavo Esteva and Madhu Suri Prakash in “From a Pedagogy for Liberation to Liberation from Pedagogy,” 2005 (via Ana Australiana)
This is part of the Polis collection of quotes related to cities.