The Revolution Issue

Fictitious lives

A loving look at unreality.
Our Lives Are Just Fictions - Grounded not in reality, but in illusion.
In China people get together in the corners of parks and dance. The unofficial history of America is not a story of rugged individualism and heroic personal sacrifice in the pursuit of a dream. It is a story of democracy derailed, of a revolutionary spiri

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We forget too often that our lives are just fictions, that this human life of ours – abstracted from the land, abstract in itself – is not grounded in reality, but in drama, illusion. Our lives are no different from dreams, a scattered blur from one meal to the next, from one conversation to the next, one megaplex, one strip mall, one coffee cup, one beer, one fix – a ceaseless drifting from sensation to sensation, a constant sating of the base desires.

We are raised in this “reality” so its contours are invisible to us. We see each moment but fail to see the unifying thread – the alienation of humanity from nature, the ills of domestication, the dependence of humans upon technological death machines to survive and a growing inability of these generations of young humans now in possession of the planet to connect to it in any living way. We have lost our ability to experience the grander trends as revealed through the almighty Moment. We cling to our petty satisfactions as a paddler fallen from a canoe clings to the rocks. We do not dare to imagine a life without pizza, ice cream, microwaves, transportation, convenience, comfort, ease.

The 21st century has been too kind to us so far. It holds new horizons for us as an übersoul and as an überspecies, but it remains pregnant with disaster. There must be wars, Great Wars, which span all frontiers, in which all are embroiled in conflict: the inner war spilling out into our long-abandoned commons, opening up doorways between men and women to converse freely, tearing down walls between minds and bodies, flesh and the soul. Bottles will be uncorked and men in pajamas will run terrified and buoyant through the streets. If there is not madness, there will be blood, midnight rivers of blood rushing mad like the Mississippi through the markets of the world, stampeding through those who stand still, toppling those who once towered above the meek and lowly, lifting the strong and light, buoying them up on its terrible tide …

—Hudson Spivey

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You haven't seen anything yet. Revolution is coming. Does not matter what the television watching zombies "accept".

Steven B

When the "revolution" comes, I will bet everything I own that the "revolutionaries" will have the Naomi Kleins and the Noam Chomskys and all the writers of Adbusters shot and hanging from lampposts.

You people are absolute lunatics if you think the American people are going to stand by and support all your quasi-communists bullshit.

Just look at the Tea-Party movement. Not even Bush, the most conservative president in years, could arouse the kind of public outcry or backlash as the mildly-left centrist Obama administration. And you anarchists and socialists expect the American people to support you?

If you people ever got near the reigns of power, I'll guarantee the American people would rise up, crush you and snuff you out in a heartbeat, so don't even try, if you value your lives.


That kind of mentality will ensure that in the near future we will live as slaves. We'll work longer hours and have shorter pay and not even own our homes or the clothes on our back. We'll have less freedoms and be constantly monitored. I just hope enough people will actually figure out what's going on to do something about it. Right now it's looking hopeless because no one cares. But fuck em they did this to themselves.

ken vallario

another profound voice of compassion....'fuck em they did this to themselves'...a quote to live sir, or madam, are the leader i am looking are already a slave to contradiction...

Jacob Fukyu

This is completely normal. The Hindus called it the yugas. The romans called it the saeculum. We are entering the fourth cycle, the kali-yuga or winter. Our institutions have become degraded and our values meaningless. We are, in a sense, reaching our spiritual nadir. To reach the next spiritual high requires mass psychological catharsis through existential crisis brought about by chaos and bloodshed.
"The night is always darkest just before the dawn"- The Dark Knight


It was Mussolini who was found hanging from a lamppost... And we're the ones who hung him up! Corporate consumerism is the new dictatorship.

Resistance to tyranny across all ages.

Ken Vallario

we are?

that was pre-lady not utilize history without a sophisticated discernment of context...

although i agree with the notion of resisting tyranny, it's nature has changed, otherwise Mussolini's death would be the beginning of utopia....

the populace is different today, it has different means to express itself, and therefore it is empowered in a way we have never other words, the tyranny is coming from above and to resist it requires the utmost sophistication...


Your sophistication is boring. Every time a revolutionary mood comes, you throw up a smoke screen of banal pronouncements about how it ought to happen. Well, the truth is it is happening now and it is not happening the way you want it.

No one, not even you, can control fate. Destiny is outside of our control. Revolution is coming, it is better to ride the flows than try to stem the tide.


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