Monday, September 22, 2008
Recognizing the Revolution
Naomi Klein and Larisa Alexandrovna have made a clear call for revolution, in response to the latest move by the Bush administration to finalize their transfer of power from public to private control.
In a militarized society in a state of perpetual war fever, the only response possible by the people is revolution.
"How can a people who have struggled long years under oppression throw off their oppressors and establish a free society? The problems are immense, but their solution lies in the education and enlightenment of the people and the emergence of a spirit that will serve as a foundation for independence and self-government." Thomas Jefferson
What would a revolution look like in these days of Homeland Security, "non-lethal" weaponry, electronic spies and a thoroughly propagandized and compliant public?
Not like the American Revolution that failed to make substantive changes in the power structure. Not like the French Revolution that replaced one ruling elite with another. Not like the Russian Revolution that betrayed the People's Revolution with an oppressive dictatorship.
"The generation which commences a revolution rarely complete it. Habituated from their infancy to passive submission of body and mind to their kings and priests, they are not qualified when called on to think and provide for themselves; and their inexperience, their ignorance and bigotry make them instruments often in the hands of the Bonapartes and Iturbides to defeat their own rights and purposes." --Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1823.
The first step on the road to the New American Revolution consists of turning our backs on the corporate oligarchy now in firm control of the united States and taking one step forward. Once our eyes are set on a new horizon we can begin again the process of education necessary to a successful revolution. A people long out of practice in critical thinking and self-reliance can and will relearn the skills necessary for self-government.
"As revolutionary instruments (when nothing but revolution will cure the evils of the State) [secret societies] are necessary and indispensable, and the right to use them is inalienable by the people." --Thomas Jefferson to William Duane, 1803.
Call it "localism," "back to the land," Do It Yourself," the education process has begun, spurred by climate change and the end of the Age of Oil.
"The public mind, [oppressed by despotism,] is manifestly advancing on the abusive prerogatives of their governors and bearing them down. No force in the government can withstand this in the long run." --Thomas Jefferson to Comte de Moustier, 1788.
The Revolution has begun.