The Revolution Issue

Indian Independence Movement

Decades of struggle against British colonialism culminates in the creation of the Republic of India.
A Brief History of Revolution - Indian Revolution

A Brief History of Revolution

Gandhi did not bring the British Empire down with cannons or armies that matched those of the imperial forces. He brought down the empire with a pinch of salt and a spinning wheel. When the British introduced the Salt Laws to tax salt, we undertook the Dandi March, picked up salt, and said, “Nature gives it free. We need it for our survival. We will continue to make our own salt. We will disobey the salt laws.”

When the Indian textile industry was being destroyed by the British, Gandhi did not call for the industrialization of India’s textiles. He pulled out a spinning wheel. He said, “Anything that millions can do together, becomes charged with power.”

Can we learn from history and catalyze change in the world today?

Vandana Shiva


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Ken Vallario

i agree with the nature of this criticism.
however, 2 things come to mind.
1. originality is an increasingly difficult thing to nurture, given the nature of this machine...not that we ought not continue trying
2. often, when adbusters does post something original, it gets hammered with criticism...
perhaps we are all waiting for a miracle...i know i am...

Ken Vallario

i agree with the nature of this criticism.
however, 2 things come to mind.
1. originality is an increasingly difficult thing to nurture, given the nature of this machine...not that we ought not continue trying
2. often, when adbusters does post something original, it gets hammered with criticism...
perhaps we are all waiting for a miracle...i know i am...

sysyphus

I love that statement:
"originality is an increasingly difficult thing to nurture".
The powers that be include thousands of slogan-writers, demographic
analysts, psychology specialists, and above all, meme generators. Classic
arguments are co-opted, preempted, criminalized, or "spinned" to destroy
all of the original meaning. Originality is needed, but it is harder to find an
approach which hasn't been tainted.
I say that we embrace the old slogans. Resurrect them; restore their meaning,
and maybe we can restore their spirit.
OFF THE NEW WORLD ORDER!
POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
UP THE REVOLUTION!
-sysyphus

sysyphus

I love that statement:
"originality is an increasingly difficult thing to nurture".
The powers that be include thousands of slogan-writers, demographic
analysts, psychology specialists, and above all, meme generators. Classic
arguments are co-opted, preempted, criminalized, or "spinned" to destroy
all of the original meaning. Originality is needed, but it is harder to find an
approach which hasn't been tainted.
I say that we embrace the old slogans. Resurrect them; restore their meaning,
and maybe we can restore their spirit.
OFF THE NEW WORLD ORDER!
POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
UP THE REVOLUTION!
-sysyphus

History Punk

Ghandi had very little to do with bringing down the English Empire. The English Empire was destroyed through the punishment it absorbed during the Second World War and the struggle against Nazism. A struggle to which Gandi contributed nothing but rapidly ignored bad ideas.

History Punk

Ghandi had very little to do with bringing down the English Empire. The English Empire was destroyed through the punishment it absorbed during the Second World War and the struggle against Nazism. A struggle to which Gandi contributed nothing but rapidly ignored bad ideas.

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