Speaking at Lafayette University on October 19th to a crowd of 3,600 people for the dedication of a new building, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev spoke about the ‘Occupy’ movement spreading across the world and the ‘Arab Spring’ revolutions.
“We are reaping the consequences of a strategy that is not conducive to cooperation and partnership, to living in a new global situation…people are asking ‘why do our leaders want to decide everything at the expense of the people?”
He also said:
“The world needs goals that will bring people together,” he said. “Some people in the United States were pushing the idea of creating a global American empire, and that was a mistake from the start. Other people in America are now giving thought to the future of their country. The big banks, the big corporations, are still paying the same big bonuses to their bosses. Was there ever a crisis for them? . . . I believe America needs its own perestroika.”
Speaking of the big picture:
“The entire world situation did not develop properly. We saw deterioration where there should have been positive movement. My friend the late Pope John Paul II said it best. He said, ‘We need a new world order, one that is more stable, more humane, and more just.’ Others, including myself, have spoken about a new world order, but we are still facing the problem of building such a world order…problems of the environment, of backwardness and poverty, food shortages…all because we do not have a system of global governance.”