OK. This has nothing whatsoever to do with New Rochelle (except insofar as New Rochelle is on Planet Earth and populated by human beings), but I was so struck by this recent article in the New York Times that I wanted to share it.

The Times piece describes Gene Sharp, the rather surprising intellectual father of multiple dissident and democracy movements worldwide, including those now unfolding in the Middle-east. If you have any doubt about the power of ideas, then please read the article.

Sharp was also interviewed on Wednesday on NPR: