This isn't going to be a huge post.
Basically, when we think of a "revolution" I think we tend to imagine some sort of romantic event, where "the people" make a clean break from a detested past and start to build the new society. (Okay, fuck it, I don't care if you don't see it that way! That's the way I imagine you see it, SO THERE!!!) In this light, a "revolutionary consciousness" would be the realization that the old order is bankrupt and has to go. And then the individual's spirit is enthused by the new values of the new society.
If that's anybody's idea of "revolution" and "revolutionary consciousness" then I say that I don't think reality will work out that way. For one thing, I believe that we've almost got all the political power we need to bring about a revolutionary transformation of society and that the boring, hum-drum of electoral politics can achieve this in a way more gradual than the romantic idea of a great event making a clean break with the past, but the revolution will be just as transformative nonetheless.
I also believe that what will be more enduring than a sudden, romantic transformation, will be a gradual process (not too gradually, obviously) of people becoming masters of their own lives and their own societies, in a way that is impossible to achieve with an abrupt change that will tend to push charismatic leaders to the fore. One way that I believe this can happen is to make workers citizens within their own workplaces, but another way (and one which will perhaps be easier to achieve in the short run) is to put citizens in charge of public sector institutions.
I believe that any provincial or federal government could easily create a new system of governance for the public sector. There would still be democratic accountability and leadership through elected ministers, but beneath that level institutions should be run in a tripartite fashion with one-third worker, one-third administrative and one-third citizen representation on boards of control.
As the employer, governments have the complete right to implement worker control over the public sector. At the same time, without creating to great a split with the past I think there's call for having managers who have a sense of the big picture remaining on the board. But there should be all sorts of positions (at levels of local control) for elected citizen representatives. As the recipients of the services provided and as representatives of the taxpayers, these citizens can voice complaints about service or service delivery and get a sense of who has a just case in things like work hours, job stability and costs, workers or management.
It will help ordinary people understand how their society works and will not seem to radical for all the people out in suburbia.
And with that abrupt, graceless ending, I'm off for the day.