"Now the real prospects for authentic democracy depend on something else. They depend on how the people in the rich and privileged societies learn some other lessons.
For example the lessons that are being taught right now like the mayans in Chiapas, Mexico. They are among the most impoverished and oppressed sectors in the continent, but unlike us they retain a vibrant tradition of liberty and democracy, a tradition that we’ve allowed to slip out of our hands or has been stolen from us.
And unless people here in the rich and privileged society, unless they can recapture and revitalize that tradition, the prospects for democracy are indeed dim”.