PROFESSIONAL REVOLUTIONISTS ONLY HOPE FOR HUMAN VALUES OVER CORPORATE PROFIT EXTRACTION
“Why We Need Professional Revolutionists” by Chris Hedges on TruthDig Nov. 24, 2014
No revolt can succeed without professional revolutionists.
FACT: Initial revolutionary activity must be focused on political education.
FACT: Political education of the lower echelons of power (police and soldiers) and get them to think clearly about their constitutional role.
Professional revolutionists = Break New Ground
Professional revolutionists = Must break the systems of indoctrination and propaganda within the corporate state — So sophisticated and pervasive
Professional revolutionists = live outside the formal structures of society.
Professional revolutionists = Financially insecure and often in exile spenting considerable time raising money from disenchanted aristocrats — Later dipossed = Vladimir Lenin
Professional revolutionists = Dedicate their lives to fomenting radical change.
Professional revolutionists = Give NO energy to reforming existing power structure.
Professional revolutionists = Prepared to break the law.
Professional revolutionists = Recognize the fragility of the structures of authority.
Professional revolutionists = Embraced by a vision that makes compromise impossible.
Professional revolutionists = Their full-time occupation is revolution
Professional revolutionists = Revolution without them is impossible.
Professional revolutionists = Severed themselves from the formal structures of power.
Professional revolutionists = Dedicated to overthrowing the corporate state.
Professional revolutionists = Plato referred to them as his philosophers.
Professional revolutionists = John Calvin called them his saints.
Professional revolutionists = Machiavelli called them his Republican Conspirators.
Professional revolutionists = Lenin labeled them his Vanguard.
Professional revolutionists = Ignore the political charades of electoral politics, and spectacles orchestrated by oligarchic masters.
Professional revolutionists = Dismiss liberals and expose the press as an echo chamber for the elitists.
Professional revolutionists = Hybrid of the practical and the impractical and willing to face nearly impossible odds — Revolutions have been crushed by force or hijacked by individuals (Lenin, Trotsky and later Stalin) that betray the populace.
Professional revolutionists = KNOW there is nothing rational about rebellion — Almost insurmountable odds = An act of faith.
Professional revolutionists = Depend on Faith — intrinsic to the rebel
FAILURE = Caution and prudent seeking to fit into existing power structures.
Professional revolutionists = Possessed by inner drive — A set of visions common to religion.
Professional revolutionists = Alone can save us from corporate tyranny.
Professional revolutionists = Never know if they will succeed, but a world without them is hopeless.
Professional revolutionists = Lucid understanding of power and the vagaries of human nature
Professional revolutionists = Are commitment to overthrowing power.
Professional revolutionists = Uses Internet to organize support from environmental, economic and political grass-roots movements and collectives.
Professional revolutionists = Avoid rigid hierarchical structures of past revolutionary movements — may change over time as needs dictate.
DANGERS TO REVOLUTIONS:
#1 Manipulation of revolutions kills reform to create faux revolutions that restore retrograde power elitists. = CIA mastered this technique in Iran by organizing street demonstrations and protests in 1953 to overthrow Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh + CIA again in 1973 ousted Chile’s President Salvador Allende + 2015 CIA uses the same tactic in Venezuela.
#2 Movements within the revolutionary body compete for power, fight over arcane bits of doctrine, dispute tactics, form counterproductive schisms, misread power, overreach and collapse or fall victim to the insidious black propaganda that despotic authority excels in producing. They are infiltrated, monitored and harassed, and their leaders—and all uprisings, even supposedly leaderless ones, have leaders—are targeted for surveillance, arrest or even death.
GOOD NEWS: In times of decay such as the one we live in now, these movements express a fundamental truth about societies in downfall. This is their real power. They offer new possibilities to those who are being abused by failed systems of governance. And their ideals live beyond the confines of any particular revolt or uprising. Once this truth is unleashed, once the ideas that sustain a bankrupt system are exposed as a fraud, these movements are very hard to silence.
Professional revolutionists GOAL = Gain power with an equally strong emphasis on public education
Professional revolutionists = Fill the void of ordinary people exhausted by the simple task of living, working and trying to sustain families — just takes all of their energy
Professional revolutionists = Continuous political education + define agenda + define new institutions = stay linked to the people — open lines of communication — frequent meetings between leaders and the people to insure the good of the people is served.
FACT: There are still some openings in our system of governance for public discourse to bring new ideas and voices out into the public realm.
Professional revolutionists = Must us what openings our limited democracy provides to disseminate the kind of message we want to disseminate to enlightened publics.
Professional revolutionists = Create organizations for ordinary people to expand their power to make decisions to prevent environmental disaster
Professional revolutionists = Must not create an excuse for unnecessary crackdowns on our remaining democratic frredoms
Professional revolutionists = For truly important civic virtues and basic human institutional values.
Professional revolutionists = Are constantly preoccupied with Politics and involved with expressing HUMAN RIGHTS over PROFIT MOTIVES.
Professional revolutionists = Most spread education in politics and power and a broad understanding of what political life should be — make it sustainable and continuous – NOT JUST VOTING every couple years and NOT supporting one of two CORPORATE OWNED PARTY.
Professional revolutionists = Sacrifice in their Fight for FREEDOM AND HUMAN CAUSES and a NEW KIND OF POLITICAL ORDER WITH HUMAN VALUES — NOT TEMPORARY BUT CONTINUOUS AND ENDURING.
DANGERS OF REVOLUTION = Don’t win, or win rarely, and if you win, it’s often for a very short time = That is why politics must become a vocation for all Americans = Occasional involvement every 2 to 4 years in elections cannot counter the TREMENDOUS WEIGHT OF DAY TO DAY CORPORATE INVOLVEMENT AND DOMINATION.
For more Information: https://www.popularresistance.org/