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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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.

MattThePhotog

Do you really believe that anyone could overthrow capitalism as it exists in America with a gun, a bomb or even several planes?

Hearts and minds.

MattThePhotog

Do you really believe that anyone could overthrow capitalism as it exists in America with a gun, a bomb or even several planes?

Hearts and minds.

Anonymous

a capitalist revolution would begin with everyone taking their money out of the banks and buying gold and food

Anonymous

a capitalist revolution would begin with everyone taking their money out of the banks and buying gold and food

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