Monday, May 12, 2014

The Need For a Boring Revolution

To save civilization, achieve ecological sanity and balance, drastically reduce the possibility of war, and eliminate social inequality, we need a revolution. The capitalist status-quo is leading us to disaster. Again, we need a revolution and nothing less than a revolution.

But what about "the sheeple"? Happily piling into the cars to drive out to the multi-plex for the latest Hollywood blockbuster of mindlessness? Blithely slumbering in their hammocks while their mutual funds invest in pharmaceutical companies ripping-off millions and mining firms engaging in ecocide and murder? All those happy, suburbanites doing all the things you can picture happy, consumerist suburbanites doing?

Well, they have to be on side don't they? Because they have a lot of political clout. And, personally, I don't think that they're as entirely mindless as some "progressives" or "radicals" imagine them to be. As i see it, they're playing the game, according to the rules (at least as they appear to be written). They don't think as much about how the rules were written. Or who writes them. Or what it all means. They're just trying to live their lives.

But for the most part, I don't think they're full of hatred and bile and disregard for the earth. Just look at the way US citizens, who are more subjected than any other people on the face of the earth to corporate brainwashing efforts, have, consistently, poll after poll, said they'd like less money spent on the military, more money spent on healthcare, that they'd pay higher taxes to help the environment, and so-on and such forth. But they don't see how to make those wishes become actions, and so they try to make-do with the system as it is.

It is we who claim to think about these things all day long who are the real failures. We reflect on the failure, corruption and brutality of the system, but on the whole we do nothing more than bitch about it. We know a different world is a necessity but we spend less than 2% of our time thinking about how to make that happen. For the most part, we imagine what would happen if millions of people showed up in the streets for one of our useless rallies and then we condemn the "sheeple" when they don't.

A revolution is necessary but it has to be a revolution that the vast majority of people in this country could see participating in. It's no good to imagine your friends and all the other usual suspects who attend protests magically multiplying themselves into an irresistible human wave, rushing "TO THE BARRICADES!!!" and sweeping a dying system before them.

In case it isn't obvious, I think my "Workers as Citizens" is one such peaceful revolutionary alternative.

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