The Revolution Issue

I, Revolution

The future does not compute ... It's time to accept radical change as a viable alternative.
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A protester throws a rock at riot police outside Aviano Air Base in northern Italy.
Photo by Stefano Rellandini

A Brief History of Revolution

In all revolutions, the agents of change – usually a small core of fired-up individuals – reach a personal point of reckoning where to do nothing becomes harder than to step forward. Then come the televised actions, the rebellions on campus, the random acts of defiance in high schools, supermarkets, malls, workplaces. A mass of support accrues. The little daily confrontations escalate. Momentum builds.

And finally the revolution ignites. Very often the ignition spark is a single symbolic act that takes the old power structure by surprise, a gesture that becomes a metaphor, living forever. Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on the bus. A Vietnam protester feeds a daisy into the barrel of a rifle. A dissident stares down a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square. Nelson Mandela walks out of his prison cell in South Africa. A freedom flotilla breaks the siege on Gaza. These memes penetrate skulls like bullets.

The biggest impediment to revolution is a personal one: our own deep-seated feelings of cynicism and impotence. How can anything “I” do possibly make a difference? Most of us have trouble accepting radical change as a viable option. Entrenched in a familiar world, we cannot imagine another. It’s hard to see our current system as simply one stage of a never-ending cycle that sooner or later will fall and be succeeded – but this process of creative destruction is exactly how the world works.

We don’t need a million activists to jumpstart this revolution. We just need an influential minority that smells the blood, seizes the moment and pulls off a set of well-coordinated strategic moves. We need a certain level of collective disillusionment (a point I think we have now reached) and then we need the leaders of the affluent, “First” world nations to fumble a world crisis like global warming, a stock market crash or a nuclear standoff in the Middle East. By waiting for the right moment and then jamming in unison, a global network of a few hundred of us can pull the coup off. This November we create a sudden, unexpected moment of truth – a mass reversal of perspective; a global mindshift – from which the corporate/consumerist forces never fully recover.

What will you do? Share your ideas: [email protected]

For the Wild, Kalle


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anonymous

Gross. Why would we want a revolution based on conspiracy theories? The world is fucked up enough without having to imagine secret societies running things...

anonymous

Gross. Why would we want a revolution based on conspiracy theories? The world is fucked up enough without having to imagine secret societies running things...

Rev

I'm starting to feel like this is an episode of Seinfeld. It all seems so important to those on the inside, but those watching the show laugh and laugh...

Have a happy period.

Rev

I'm starting to feel like this is an episode of Seinfeld. It all seems so important to those on the inside, but those watching the show laugh and laugh...

Have a happy period.

ANNONYMOUS

These comments left are proof in themselves that there is not enough social disonance yet!

Sure some things in this system could work if the BIG Pigs stopped being such assholes- but if history has proven anything it's shown us that people will be assholes if they can find a way to get away with it! No matter how small they start off- growth in a free market is inevitable and expected.. bring down old Pigs and raise up new ones. "You think this coffee [business] place is good, well try mine.. Its BIGGER BETTER and FASTER!" Old habbits die hard, so we should kill em in their tracks!

I personaly revel in the idea of a completly new paradigm, one free of rabid consumerism and blinded desires. One that holds true to the "Freedoms" we are suposedly entitled to. I could give a shit about economic freedom, give me the Liberty I was promised! And give it to me straight!

First we need a stronger conviction and more TRULLY open eyes.

ANNONYMOUS

These comments left are proof in themselves that there is not enough social disonance yet!

Sure some things in this system could work if the BIG Pigs stopped being such assholes- but if history has proven anything it's shown us that people will be assholes if they can find a way to get away with it! No matter how small they start off- growth in a free market is inevitable and expected.. bring down old Pigs and raise up new ones. "You think this coffee [business] place is good, well try mine.. Its BIGGER BETTER and FASTER!" Old habbits die hard, so we should kill em in their tracks!

I personaly revel in the idea of a completly new paradigm, one free of rabid consumerism and blinded desires. One that holds true to the "Freedoms" we are suposedly entitled to. I could give a shit about economic freedom, give me the Liberty I was promised! And give it to me straight!

First we need a stronger conviction and more TRULLY open eyes.

Anonymous

How am I suppose to stop capitalism that week .what do I do .I'm not making fun I am just wondering?I don't want to get arrested for trying to put a brick wall up on a street?I think maybe i'll drill something to the ground.What is that going to accomplish .I want to get this really good electric bike or car.I want to drive it everywhere .Its called ecospeed i'm not them i'm just saying I was thinking.That's all I can do .And if other people see me maybe they will do it to.maybe I could say hay all these roads and wal marts are bullshit to a bunch of people?I just don't know?

Anonymous

How am I suppose to stop capitalism that week .what do I do .I'm not making fun I am just wondering?I don't want to get arrested for trying to put a brick wall up on a street?I think maybe i'll drill something to the ground.What is that going to accomplish .I want to get this really good electric bike or car.I want to drive it everywhere .Its called ecospeed i'm not them i'm just saying I was thinking.That's all I can do .And if other people see me maybe they will do it to.maybe I could say hay all these roads and wal marts are bullshit to a bunch of people?I just don't know?

Anonymous

Let us not forget that there are, hopefully, thousands of teachers out there, all over the world, like myself, who teach this in the classroom. As Chomsky stated, teaching should involve advocation not just regurgitation.

Anonymous

Let us not forget that there are, hopefully, thousands of teachers out there, all over the world, like myself, who teach this in the classroom. As Chomsky stated, teaching should involve advocation not just regurgitation.

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