The Revolution Issue

I, Revolution

The future does not compute ... It's time to accept radical change as a viable alternative.
I, Revolution - Photo by Stefano Rellandini
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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We are eating our insides. We are consuming ourselves to death. We hide behind our possessions and inability to get those wings moving again. E-mails go back and forth to keep communication alive, but we don’t say anything important and vital. We are dead already and we’ve lost faith in keeping our intellect sharp. We keep reciting that the world will change somehow, but we have no say in it. Our stomach hurts and our heart bites, but we don’t seem to get the signal. We take no responsibility of our actions since the world has its own order and we are part of that order by being orderly. We mechanically eat, drink, have sex and talk. Deep sleep is our state of mind. We love arguing that we don’t get to choose our situation and that everything is dictated from a severe system above that we can’t fight. This is depressing and not true and we know it. This internal bleeding of guilt that we feel is the effect of our no-action stance we choose to take. Fear cripples us. Losing the little that we own, the status that we have acquired and our new purse or tie, is a big deal to us.

We need to wake up. Now. We need to start moving those wings again, because what is decided by politicians today will affect our lives today. There is no time for thinking about the future. We need to take action now. We need to understand our power and use it accordingly. They are taking away our freedoms by saying it is our freedom that they fight for, and even though that confuses us, we shouldn’t be fooled by appearances. So many generations spent, so many moments lost. If we don’t revolt now, we will be caught in that internal guilt for ever, left in the shadows, fearing death while being dead already.

We have to stop being suckers to the commodities available, stop being attached to a pension number and condo fees. We have become the coffees and the pops we drink, the cocaine we snort and the brands we so proudly parade. Don’t we feel out of touch and cheap?

I always say that if it wasn’t for the young and the stupid that we pop out of our vagina’s to say we have fulfilled our social duty of being mothers, we would die stupid and disillusioned. It is these kids that hold the reins to a revolution and change. The youngsters that have been called terrorists and anarchists, wearing black masks to cover up our guilt. How easy it is to take the safe stance and accuse them, young and stupid, vulnerable to paternalistic criticism from all strata of society.

It is they that have the flame that the last generation has lost in buying a Mercedes and paying off that mortgage. It is that generation who would drive us out of our misery and out on the streets. They have nothing to lose. They will burn symbols and fight, they will break down the fake democracy and all political discourses that we endorsed. This generation will create our breathing space and we have to stand by them and fight with them. Yes, they have no clear idea of the new order and world that they want to create, the conventional left-center-right has disappointed them. They have no ideology to go by except their gut feeling of what is not right. There is always a utopia at the end of the tunnel, but you have to destroy the tunnel to see it come true. If we crash those youngsters with our Puritanism and fake ideology of order, we are doomed to emptiness.

WHO CARES what happens post-revolution, whatever it is it will be better than this. Why define it by today's standards and stereotypes. Stereotyping the future by today's ideologies defeats the purpose of the revolution.

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We are eating our insides. We are consuming ourselves to death. We hide behind our possessions and inability to get those wings moving again. E-mails go back and forth to keep communication alive, but we don’t say anything important and vital. We are dead already and we’ve lost faith in keeping our intellect sharp. We keep reciting that the world will change somehow, but we have no say in it. Our stomach hurts and our heart bites, but we don’t seem to get the signal. We take no responsibility of our actions since the world has its own order and we are part of that order by being orderly. We mechanically eat, drink, have sex and talk. Deep sleep is our state of mind. We love arguing that we don’t get to choose our situation and that everything is dictated from a severe system above that we can’t fight. This is depressing and not true and we know it. This internal bleeding of guilt that we feel is the effect of our no-action stance we choose to take. Fear cripples us. Losing the little that we own, the status that we have acquired and our new purse or tie, is a big deal to us.

We need to wake up. Now. We need to start moving those wings again, because what is decided by politicians today will affect our lives today. There is no time for thinking about the future. We need to take action now. We need to understand our power and use it accordingly. They are taking away our freedoms by saying it is our freedom that they fight for, and even though that confuses us, we shouldn’t be fooled by appearances. So many generations spent, so many moments lost. If we don’t revolt now, we will be caught in that internal guilt for ever, left in the shadows, fearing death while being dead already.

We have to stop being suckers to the commodities available, stop being attached to a pension number and condo fees. We have become the coffees and the pops we drink, the cocaine we snort and the brands we so proudly parade. Don’t we feel out of touch and cheap?

I always say that if it wasn’t for the young and the stupid that we pop out of our vagina’s to say we have fulfilled our social duty of being mothers, we would die stupid and disillusioned. It is these kids that hold the reins to a revolution and change. The youngsters that have been called terrorists and anarchists, wearing black masks to cover up our guilt. How easy it is to take the safe stance and accuse them, young and stupid, vulnerable to paternalistic criticism from all strata of society.

It is they that have the flame that the last generation has lost in buying a Mercedes and paying off that mortgage. It is that generation who would drive us out of our misery and out on the streets. They have nothing to lose. They will burn symbols and fight, they will break down the fake democracy and all political discourses that we endorsed. This generation will create our breathing space and we have to stand by them and fight with them. Yes, they have no clear idea of the new order and world that they want to create, the conventional left-center-right has disappointed them. They have no ideology to go by except their gut feeling of what is not right. There is always a utopia at the end of the tunnel, but you have to destroy the tunnel to see it come true. If we crash those youngsters with our Puritanism and fake ideology of order, we are doomed to emptiness.

WHO CARES what happens post-revolution, whatever it is it will be better than this. Why define it by today's standards and stereotypes. Stereotyping the future by today's ideologies defeats the purpose of the revolution.

20nothing

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Tory HQ destroyed
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1328385/Tuition-fee-protests-turn-violent-students-smash-windows-Westminster.html

20nothing

it begins...
Tory HQ destroyed
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1328385/Tuition-fee-protests-turn-violent-students-smash-windows-Westminster.html

A Cranky Citizen

My brother introduced me to this magazine, as I introduced him to history and what causes change. Until recently, say within the last 10 years I was part of the establishment that has and has given its all to stopping the masses from gaining to much information that might cause "Revolution".

I have read the comments here and for me I see that some get it and others do not. It is hard to give up on your self worth for the good of the whole, but then why should you. Yet, there will be a time when "I, Revolution" will be very necessary, when that will be is not for me to say at this time, but the key to gaining that knowledge is hidden in the knowledge that is not being passed on to those that matter the most. We have taken away from the very foundations of knowledge and replaced it with something else and no one is questioning why that is because they are ignorant of what should be taught, particularly when it comes to history.

The history of this earth is wrought with civilizations that have come flourished and gone the way of the latest extinction. Yet, you sit and complain and rally against the ebb and tide of the establishment without so much as an inkling of why you are doing it. Now is not the time to stick your head in the sand! It is now the time to begin questioning the status quo, and who is telling us what should be, because whether you are a part of it or not it will seriously challenge you in the very near future. It is not any one country that is in this situation, it basically is all countries.

I, Revolution is very appropriate and has started hurtling us toward the abyss.

A Cranky Citizen

My brother introduced me to this magazine, as I introduced him to history and what causes change. Until recently, say within the last 10 years I was part of the establishment that has and has given its all to stopping the masses from gaining to much information that might cause "Revolution".

I have read the comments here and for me I see that some get it and others do not. It is hard to give up on your self worth for the good of the whole, but then why should you. Yet, there will be a time when "I, Revolution" will be very necessary, when that will be is not for me to say at this time, but the key to gaining that knowledge is hidden in the knowledge that is not being passed on to those that matter the most. We have taken away from the very foundations of knowledge and replaced it with something else and no one is questioning why that is because they are ignorant of what should be taught, particularly when it comes to history.

The history of this earth is wrought with civilizations that have come flourished and gone the way of the latest extinction. Yet, you sit and complain and rally against the ebb and tide of the establishment without so much as an inkling of why you are doing it. Now is not the time to stick your head in the sand! It is now the time to begin questioning the status quo, and who is telling us what should be, because whether you are a part of it or not it will seriously challenge you in the very near future. It is not any one country that is in this situation, it basically is all countries.

I, Revolution is very appropriate and has started hurtling us toward the abyss.

Anonymous

During the French October general strike, someone said "The true orientation of the struggle is not to be found between opposing classes, Capital versus Labor, but rather a partisan opposition between those who make a pathological cult of work and those for whom it inspires a simple disgust. From here on out there are those who still want to work and those who would prefer not to."

Anonymous

During the French October general strike, someone said "The true orientation of the struggle is not to be found between opposing classes, Capital versus Labor, but rather a partisan opposition between those who make a pathological cult of work and those for whom it inspires a simple disgust. From here on out there are those who still want to work and those who would prefer not to."

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