Part 2 of astarvingheart message:
”If the current system (which does suck, that’s a fact) is abolished by force, will it last for long? It will leave people bitter and angry - maybe not taking us closer to unity. But then again, I don’t know if there’s any other way, the people in power are unlikely to give it up… So, do you think a revolution is the only way? What kid of a revolution? Etc etc, would love to hear your thoughts! If anyone else’s willing to discuss this, feel free to message me :) Have a lovely day.”
First of all, thank you very much miss, I’ll publish my answer since it’s an interesting question and I also have something special for your blog (that’s not to be polite). A revolution is the only way, yes. But we have to understand the definition of the word. I don’t think capitalism can be reformed, we are not facing minor problems, the global crisis isn’t bad luck, the base of the system itself is corrupted. I believe in democracy but I’m starting to have doubts concerning its equity and its efficiency, look at the United States, as Noam Chomsky said:
”In the United States, the political system is a very marginal affair. There are two parties, so-called, but they’re really factions of the same party, the Business Party. Both represent some range of business interests. In fact, they can change their positions 180 degrees, and nobody even notices.”
There’s also a quote saying ”if voting changed anything, it would be illegal” (I find it exagerated but it’s true in the fact that an election will never touch the base of the system). And we are living the same situation everywhere…politicians? Puppets. Nothing is pure luck in this system, everything is planned, the structure was made for corporations and corporatism has taken control of every inches of our lives, leaving us with an illusion of social justice and claiming that there’s only one solution to our problems: producing and consuming, leaving the true causes of our situation untouched. So yes, I believe in radical revolutions, the 20th century is full of examples. Even though I’m an idealist and unity as you pictured it would be great, let’s face the truth, complete unity is impossible, we’re all different and that’s great. But I don’t think the concept of justice is something relative, there’s all kinds of ways to achieve it but injustice can be supported by facts.
You also have to keep in mind an important aspect of most revolutions: the fact that they were supported by the people. I couldn’t find a better example than the cuban revolution (even though I’m not always o.k with what happened after 1959)…even though the companeros used weapons to achieve their goals (it was the only way against Baptista) , it didn’t let the people angry and bitter, they kicked out a repressive dictatorship! Capitalism is also repressive, but it’s a subtle repression. That’s why raising awareness is important, that’s why an education independent from the system and the market is important, we have to create free thinkers, not employees. Once this is done, we’ll be ready for true change (which is not necessarily linked with violence). But for now, we can still take care of major problems like ecology, Israeli colonialism, we can still take initiatives against liberal policies like the occupy movement or the student movements all over the World (Chile and Quebec for example). There’s nothing better than giving example to raise awareness. Direct Action gets the job done.
And sorry if there’s grammar mistakes, English isn’t my first language and I’m still trying to improve it :)
Hola, first of all, I adore your blog, you're aware, and in these repressive times that's something I respect in people. I'm interested in your ideas of revolution. I find our (as a humankind) main goal UNITY, unity across borders, "races" (ugh I hate that word), religions, any differences. I think it's the only lasting solution, accepting and embracing the fact that we are one. The thing is, can this truly be achieved by a revolution, which includes (usually aggressive) confrontation? CONT..
Part 2 of astarvingheart message:
Kill your television
The concept is so fucking great, a must see. Kill your television.
They can’t even let a football field alone. I think the people have spoken on this one :)