The Big Ideas of 2011

Revolt!

What would it take for you to take the plunge and get out into the streets?
Demonstrators confront police in Tunis, Tunisia.
Demonstrators confront police in Tunisia – Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

Revolt, if it is to be successful, must come from the mind; a growing unease and dissatisfaction with things as they are. Revolt may be leaderless, but it cannot be idea-less. Revolt, if one examines the idea, is not a new or unusual thing, merely a reversal of direction. We do it often, sometimes silently, sometimes angrily, but we do it. A choice is seen in greater clarity than before and we merely accept the path which gives us greater benefits, even if it is different from one we chose before. So revolt, to be successful, must present with greater clarity and force of argument the reasons for taking an alternative path to that one now in use, must convince that what one has now is insignificant compared to what one could have, and must present the methods by which this change could be made. It could be said that any society has vested interests in the status quo which could not be unseated by argument. I disagree. For any revolution to succeed, even those interests must be shown to gain, or to lose less by cooperation than they would otherwise. I, as a Progressive Anarchist, want the complete overthrow of present societies, but not now, not immediately, not violently, but gradually and peacefully as ideas gradually seep through one’s mind. The intention of this revolutionary is to assault your mind and destroy your beliefs.

—Lawrence Morley

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Marcin

I really enjoyed your article. It is time for us to shake our heads, together - to realize that we have choices and venues through which we can express them and mobilize. Collectively, we have the power to exert this choice over the corporate entities and try different experiments in democracy or whatever collective form we choose to manifest. Our choices need not be extreme, but if we all picked three top corporate offenders and each one of us spread the word for boycott of those same three - the viral effect of this, combined with various media picking up the story, would be sufficient to start the wake up call. Imagine toppling top three offenders, it is possible - with reasonable planning and without major sacrifices.

Pete waste.

Totally. Any effective change as far corporate offenders re concerned are going to come from a widespread, organized, sustained effort, not blowing shit up, not physical sabotage, or riots. All though those avenues might lend themselves to the cause somehow, they won't have any lasting effect other than serving as visual aides. We need to unite, say enough is enough and stop giving them our money. But not just them, but any company they do business with down to where their ceos shop and eat. No matter how intertwined some of these corporate vampires are with local and federal governments, if we hit them in the wallets, our demands will be heard.

Sadly from what I've seen, individuals bring personal agendas and egos into the arena of a collective resistance, and any structured effort goes out the window. We must apply principals of utility and unflinching selflessness if we are to ever see a unified front for a truly free country that lives in harmony with the rest of this earth. The marketing execs know we are selfish and they exploit it through clever advertising and suggestive selling, hence our subjugation to an unhealthy level of consumption.

The revolution starts in each of our hearts and minds by saying "No thanks corporate America"

Pete waste.

Totally. Any effective change as far corporate offenders re concerned are going to come from a widespread, organized, sustained effort, not blowing shit up, not physical sabotage, or riots. All though those avenues might lend themselves to the cause somehow, they won't have any lasting effect other than serving as visual aides. We need to unite, say enough is enough and stop giving them our money. But not just them, but any company they do business with down to where their ceos shop and eat. No matter how intertwined some of these corporate vampires are with local and federal governments, if we hit them in the wallets, our demands will be heard.

Sadly from what I've seen, individuals bring personal agendas and egos into the arena of a collective resistance, and any structured effort goes out the window. We must apply principals of utility and unflinching selflessness if we are to ever see a unified front for a truly free country that lives in harmony with the rest of this earth. The marketing execs know we are selfish and they exploit it through clever advertising and suggestive selling, hence our subjugation to an unhealthy level of consumption.

The revolution starts in each of our hearts and minds by saying "No thanks corporate America"

Anonymous

If you believe in freedom and liberty for the people of Egypt, please join the online protest on facebook. Go to facebook and search: Egypt's Protests 25-11-2011, click like and begin posting. Egypt needs our support.

Anonymous

If you believe in freedom and liberty for the people of Egypt, please join the online protest on facebook. Go to facebook and search: Egypt's Protests 25-11-2011, click like and begin posting. Egypt needs our support.

Pete waste.

A successful revolution has a few key components. Align your group/self with a clear agenda and visible goal or outcome. Decide who your enemies are or who will most likely subvert your agenda. Separate your self from any transaction with those enemies or their affiliates. Don't compromise on your platform points, even in the face of certain death. If you are willing to compromise later, you might as well not even start in the first place. Last but not least, don't fall victim to the fight fire with fire mentality. If you are mindlessly destroying shit without any intent or purpose, you might as well put on a government uniform so you will at least get away with it. Remember you can never kill an idea. It will always transcend natural obstacles and borders. Howard Zinn said it best: " Historically the most terrible things-war,genocide, and slavery-have resulted not from disobedience but from obedience."

Pete waste.

A successful revolution has a few key components. Align your group/self with a clear agenda and visible goal or outcome. Decide who your enemies are or who will most likely subvert your agenda. Separate your self from any transaction with those enemies or their affiliates. Don't compromise on your platform points, even in the face of certain death. If you are willing to compromise later, you might as well not even start in the first place. Last but not least, don't fall victim to the fight fire with fire mentality. If you are mindlessly destroying shit without any intent or purpose, you might as well put on a government uniform so you will at least get away with it. Remember you can never kill an idea. It will always transcend natural obstacles and borders. Howard Zinn said it best: " Historically the most terrible things-war,genocide, and slavery-have resulted not from disobedience but from obedience."

StopTheInsanity

Absurdly tragic!

In the wake of two, effective and sustained revolutionary street actions in Tunisia and Egypt the only thought Good Amerikans can muster--relative to their own repression, evisceration and complicity--is: we won't do anything.

Newsflash: there is no hip, cool, green-and-groovy, pain-free, violence-free, sacrifice-free way to revolt!

This post and subsequent commentary are profoundly sad because they manifest how thoroughly and completely we have been manipulated, commodified and terrorized.

"Not violently but naturally."?

What planet, universe and reality do you inhabit?

Since when is Nature non-violent?

What you are all really expressing herein is that you're comfortable in your dominated complicity. The nightmare of the amerikan dream works for you and you have no intention of rocking the boat.

Why take the risk of being counted in the streets when you can publish magazines and we can post comments.

That's the extent of our revolutionary aspirations: period, end of story.

Future history will not treat us kindly, as well it should not, for our crimes are legion.

I have met the enemy and s/he is us.

I add one more line to Orwell's infamous three:

War is peace
Freedom is slavery
Ignorance is strength

And

Complicity is innocence

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Under the spreading chestnut tree
I sold you and you sold me.
There lie they, and here lie we
Under the spreading chestnut tree.

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