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(Cross-posted at Wild Wild Left)
A revolution is coming. Europe is a powder keg and the fuse is burning. The scenes of fire and fury in the heart of London, the riots in Athens, the mass protests in Ireland and Italy are only a preview of what’s coming next. I’m not advocating revolution, revolution is a beast no one wants unleashed, but a revolution is coming. It won’t be requesting permission from high and mighty pundits or media scribblers or presidents or prime ministers or anyone else to come pounding on their doors with a message, a message from the dead, a message from the dying, a message from the abused and betrayed and forgotten, a message written in pain on the parchment of time and stained with the blood of the innocent.
Revolution lurks no longer in the halls of the dead, it lingers no more in the rooms of ruin, its coming, it knows the way, it doesn’t need directions, it’s been here before, it marched with Cromwell, it crossed Concord Bridge, it bled at the Bastille, it stormed the Winter Palace of the Tsars, it remembers why, it remembers how, it knows who the guilty are, it knows who the enablers are, it knows where they live, it knows where we all live, and it’s coming.
The same conditions that triggered revolutions in the past and toppled corrupt governments are evident all across Europe–in Greece, in Italy, in Portugal and Spain and Ireland and Britain, they’re evident here in this land of bankers and blackmail, where citizens have become hostages, where day has become night, where ignorance has become strength, where the propaganda never stops blaring from the loudspeakers of NewsCorp, GE, and Disney/ABC.
The corrupt systems of oppression that ignited revolutions in the past are different from the corrupt system that oppresses us, but the consequences are the same. The faces of the political and economic elites are different, but their abusive agenda is the same. The names of the oppressed are different, but their contempt for the government and intensifying anger are the same. The fuse of revolution is burning more slowly here than in Europe, but it’s burning and it’s going to keep burning because the outrages never end, the lies never stop, the corruption keeps spreading and the patience of the people keeps wearing thinner and thinner, as jobs keep disappearing and the cost of living keeps rising and families keep suffering and anger keeps intensifying.
I’m not calling for revolution, no one on the Left is calling for revolution, but that doesn’t matter. Revolutions become inevitable when government abuses of power become pervasive, when corruption becomes entrenched in the system, when leaders betray the people time and time again, when conditions simply cannot be tolerated any longer.
I don’t know if revolution is a year away, or five years away, or ten years away, or twenty years away, but it’s coming. I don’t know where it will start, but it’s coming. I don’t know if it will be bloodless or bloody, but it’s coming. I don’t know whether it will make things better or make things worse, but it’s coming. It’s coming because the fascist Right is on the march and all the elected leaders of the Left do is shine their boots for them.
The fuse of revolution is going to burn faster as conditions keep getting worse and the economy keeps tanking and homes keep being taken away and healthcare costs keep escalating and politicians keep taking turns blaming the victims. If you aren’t ready for what’s coming, get ready, because it’s coming whether you want it to or not, its coming and there will be no stopping it. Charles I was a fool, Louis XVI was a cretin, George III was deranged, Nicholas II was delusional, but they were founts of wisdom and pillars of integrity compared to the current “leaders” of Europe and America. Berlusconi. Sarkozy. Cameron. Obama. Walking, talking, carnival-barking conmen for the Corporate Crime Traveling Circus, that’s all they are.
It’s coming . . .
It will blow corrupt governments away, it will blow the profiteers away, it will blow the bankers away, it will blow the corporate criminals away, it will blow the false values of the past away, it will shake the West to its foundations, it will shatter its hierarchies of power, it will be the death of corporate capitalism and the painful birth of a new age.
That’s the message I see written on the walls of reality.
That’s the message I’m passing along.
Walking, talking, carnival-barking conmen for the Corporate Crime Traveling Circus, that’s all they are.
am calling for revolution. There is no other way.
Icelanders may have pointed the way. Their movement charted a course of growing militancy and resolute resistance that lead to fundamental changes in the prevailing political doctrines and institutions that goes far beyond mere “reform”, while avoiding the destruction and upheaval that a classic 19th century revolution would have on the most vulnerable in our highly complex, interdependent 21st century societies. Whether such an approach can “scale up” from such a small nation to the larger nation-states is still an open question. However, the rigidity of our present hegemony is such that all the traditional reformist paths have been rendered essentially useless. We must learn from every successful effort wherever it may emerge, and see if we can transfer its effectiveness into our own circumstances.
As it happens, I believe it’s the psychic atmosphere of social atomization that is part and parcel of the neoliberal project that is the greatest challenge we must overcome. A recent letter from a Polish housing activist sums it up with a cogency I’ve never seen elsewhere:
There’s our greatest challenge.
All is not dead in the halls of the quiet!
They are beginning to awaken.
You can hear them if you listen carefully!
We can amp this thing up!!!
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Excellent way of putting the inevitable — thank you, as always!
The thing is that if something does not happen, people will be walking amongst dead bodies on the streets — the world over!!!!!!!
I’ve had double posts here but I’ve never seen that happen before. I never even clicked the “Post” button. It just went off on its own.