New Year’s Day….

There is a popular lyric from the early eighties which says that nothing changes new year's day. Under everyday ordinary circumstances that may be so. And the meaning of this line may be very much intended to portray a situation where the status quo is maintained, and that even though war, or at least the imposition of martial law may have been imminent in this instance, nothing changed. Yet, the brilliance of this lyric is the irony it presents and the use of such a phrase in the face of oppression and dominance of one nation by another that was merely struggling just to be free and independent. Today, however, some thirty years after the pronouncement of this idea, might we suggest that everything changes on this particular new year's day? For instance, we can start by changing the social, the political, the financial and the cultural order of our institutions and systems. [...]