Revolutionary Thinking

I’ve been kinda “holding it in” lately, on purpose. Lots of hoopla and hoorah and blah blah going on out there in Net land, but it doesn’t really mean much. Actually, it doesn’t mean anything at all and I’m not going to pass it on.

The crash / collapse is progressing nicely however. This isn’t b.s., or blah blah. Big bad chunks of news each and every day, piling up the evidence to stratospheric heights.

I’ve spent a bit of time reading up on these, but held off sharing the doom. Those that aren’t aware of this doom by now aren’t going to benefit much anyway. Those that are, have certainly had their fill of it.

But you’d better stock up on everything, immediately, many, many reports that ’09 is going to be slam dunk whopper of a year for all of us.

I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to stay in business, when I read of the hyper-inflation to come, I’m thinking “weekly price changes” and such like. How am I going to keep up with that? One country is experiencing over 2,000,000% inflation rates, how could you stay ahead of that? It would be impossible.

I’ve also been investigating a few other areas of interest, including the environmentalist movement. While well intentioned, I do not believe that they are any better prepared for collapse (even though some of them advocate it) then any other groups. In fact, they’re far worse prepared then several other groups I know.

Not that this matters, because it really doesn’t. But some of them have a particular interest in speeding up the collapse. That’s all fine and good, a slow collapse is the worst possible outcome for everyone, but it’s not the least bit realistic, so I’m not holding my breath.

Simply due to their “small stature” and ability to do much of anything at all on the size and scale that would be absolutely necessary to make even a tiny change, I do not expect them to change the collapse outcome at all.

This may not be welcome news, but it’s simple math really.

They’re too small, unheard, marginalized and ineffective and they lack the resolve and the preparation they need to act.

Want proof? If they actually had these things, they’d have done it already (or died trying) and you’d be reading about it everyday. Pretty simple really.

This is true principle of all groups by the way, so I’m not trying to single anyone out.

Opposite examples of this are people who are actually doing and not just grandstanding their views are the tribes and indigenous groups out there on the battle lines right now, they’re dying on a daily basis for what they believe in, which is simply the preservation of their way of life and the right to be left alone.

But you don’t see the rest of us doing that, not at all. We’ve still got both feet firmly planted on this side of the fence of resource abundance and our continued consumption, hollering over that same wooden fence that we paid for to “stop the clearcutting”.

Our position remains valid, even if our lifestyles are not (and that is an easy mistake to make, this is called Ad Hominem Tu Quoque). Even so, our position will remain only as effective as our actual lifestyle and our ability to adopt a revolutionary mindset.

Those that seek revolutionary change in how they want the environment to be treated or protected will need to be revolutionaries themselves. They will need to lay it all on the line or do nothing at all. Marginal and / or mediocre efforts will always return marginal or mediocre effectiveness.

This is probably why so few people are truly preparing for collapse in meaningful ways, and why so few groups actually achieve anything at all. They lack a revolutionary mindset and a lifestyle that follows it. They also all seem to lack discipline, training and instruction.

Taking this further, these characteristics apply to all of us too. If our system is coming down and collapsing, where are we receiving the necessary training, instruction and discipline we need to help us get through this? This is a revolutionary event now in the making, but the schools of instruction don’t exist yet. Why is that?

We have the well-documented information on our impending predicament, but most of us are bogged down and stuck, unable to work either in or outside of the present system. This absolutely guarantees our ineffectiveness (and probable failure).

So where are the schools to assist us? Where is the training? Where are the mentoring and disciplining of individuals and groups that would be necessary to make these particular people much more effective and better prepared then they actually are?

Consider this: If what you advocate is to “stop the environmental destruction”, then where are the schools of instruction to properly prepare you to actually do this? If the institution of a “school” offends you, then where is the training you need? Reading a book on the environment does not make you an environmentalist or prepared to take on the corporate machine, anymore then eating a fish makes you a fisherman.

I’m saying that we are woefully under-equipped and naive to think that we have what it takes to make the changes we claim to seek. Therefore, we should become better equipped instead of simply giving up.

Make no mistake, I am under no illusions that we are going to change anything. I simply do not believe it because there is absolutely no evidence for it. What little exist is pathetic. But I am highly persuaded that we can still fight back and should. It is not the goal of winning that make the battle worthy to be fought, it is the knowledge that I have done all that I could, this compels me to try irregardless of the outcome.

People get trapped in the “I can’t win” syndrome and defeat themselves before trying anything. This is the only surefire way to always lose. Everything else is really just chance anyway, you don’t know what the outcome might be if you try. And in the end, you will have to live with yourself if you don’t try. Looking back, what regrets might there be?

I’ve always said to watch what people do more then what people say. The “do” is the most revealing of all of character, intent and belief. Many people for example, want a “fix” to our current financial crisis, but are still extending their credit to the limit. WTF??

Our government is now claiming it will “help the little guy” by extending us more loans and increasing our indebtedness. WTF is this?? More debt slavery is NOT what this country needs. Neither group is the least bit interested in “fixing” anything, it’s status-quo all the way.

So when I read the stated agenda (and the inferred unspoken ones) of a given group or organization, I take a look at what they are really doing to reference what they really are, which oftentimes takes a modified form of the “I can’t win” syndrome. Most are really status quo in all that they say (which in itself doesn’t really mean anything) and what they actually do, which obviously means that no change at all can ever really be expected. The hoopla is all smoke and mirrors and can simply be ignored.

I don’t think that most minor and marginalized groups are taken truly seriously for this reason. This doesn’t mean that some of them are not watched or harassed or arrested or things like that, but taken seriously in the sense that they could actually do some real harm or really change the outcome of things because they’re very transparent and we see right through them. They’re seen as ineffective and ineffectual because most of their members are exactly that themselves.

This is an important point, because there must be a million different groups all trying to “make a difference” in the world today — and not one of them really ever does. The forward momentum and inertia of our highly destructive system marches on without skipping a beat, hardly even noticing their objections and protests. We have the status quo as always, the same problems, the same tired “solutions” and the same results — nothing.

It doesn’t really matter for the sake of argument what the agenda of these groups actually is in this case, the point is that almost nobody is changing the final outcome of this headlong destruction being caused by the system, either for “good”, or for “bad” (depending on your personal perspective).

I see this occurring for the following reasons:

a) members and individuals keep playing by rules that defined the “game” they seek to change;
b) their own lives are not the living examples of the changes they seek;
c) they are improperly equipped and supported;
d) they lack the discipline, instruction, and training that would make them more effective.

You should note that most of these things also cause something else — a lack of external support. Whether financial support or increased membership to the group or any other type support, the lack of a living disciplined example is perhaps the #1 reason why these individuals and groups are not more broadly supported.

Other reasons for no support would include “breaking the rules” of society (so-called “illegal” activities), but this is actually meaningless to those that have either trained themselves or received instruction on what is “legal” and what is merely protectionism to what is unjust, immoral and wrong.

Legal in our world today authorizes the genocide of an entire population through nefarious means, including war, disease, and starvation, deprivation, deforestation and many other direct and indirect attacks, while incarcerating totally innocent victims for no crimes at all for indefinite periods of time. Legal in other words and even morality, is defined by whatever the system claims it is.

The entire system is actually designed to self-protect and further the status-quo despite its destructive propensity to all things animate and inanimate. This “legality” is the form, structure and content of acceptable “system” behavior enforced upon all and codified into law. This behavior finds acceptable the flooding of entire river valleys for thousands of square kilometers, reducing thousands to homelessness and destitution, defending this as an inalienable “right” in preservation of the dominant status-quo.

It never occurs to the proponents of the system that humans or the living biosphere are in living existence irregardless of any “law” and as such entities, have inalienable rights which transcends all laws, laws which are simply mere ideas, made up conventions among humans alone for their particular advantage, often subject to constant interpretation and manipulation to only further that advantage.

Society is too ingrained to this system to effectively challenge it, let alone change it. Asking where is the instruction or the training to oppose this rigid system is a revolutionary thought completely outside the bounds of normal accepted behavior.

We won’t see change, or even effective resistance until and if these principles and concepts are understood and embraced.

It is noteworthy that not all peoples require this basic primer, as evidenced by the historic speeches of history and even in this present day.

“We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.” – Qwatsinas (Hereditary Chief Edward Moody), Nuxalk Nation

“The Earth is the Mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. You might as well expect the river to run backward as that any man who was born a free man should be contented when penned up and denied liberty to go where he pleases.” – Chief Joseph, Nez Perce

“Traditional people of Indian nations have interpreted the two roads that face the light-skinned race as the road to technology and the road to spirituality. We feel that the road to technology…. has led modern society to a damaged and seared earth. Could it be that the road to technology represents a rush to destruction, and that the road to spirituality represents the slower path that the traditional native people have traveled and are now seeking again? The earth is not scorched on this trail. The grass is still growing there.” – William Commanda, Mamiwinini, Canada, 1991

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it. – Henry David Thoreau

History is a voice forever sounding across the centuries the laws of right and wrong. Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity. – James A. Forude

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right. – Isaac Asimov (1920 – 1992)

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11 thoughts on “Revolutionary Thinking

  • November 26, 2008 at 7:49 am
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    My political view has always been that society should be structured the opposite of how it is. Individual rights and freedoms come first, then a strong local government that is responsive to the people (your voice counts more on a local level) and the Federal government only to form a common defence. I see signs of this in Alaska. Do you think there is any hope that some communities may isolate themselves more or maybe even break away using the local governments already in place?

  • November 26, 2008 at 9:23 am
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    You’ve made several excellent points.

    there are several areas where we urgently need to clearly define our ideological positions and practical approaches.

    1. I think we need to ask ourselves whether the present system has ever been a positive thing for most of us.

    For most of us–even in the US–the system has shown itself to be dehumanizing in every possible area: Our work and our lives have been largely dehumanizing and required, at the very least, complicity in a fundamentally destructive system. Our society is so rotten with lies, fraud, lies, and thefts that it’s difficult or impossible to function within it without being a liar, fraud, cheat, or thief. I could expand on this subject indefinitely, but there is probably no need.

    2. In return for this dehumanizing treadmill of wage slavery that demands that we be complicity in criminality, most of us have gotten only bare subsistence in return. The subsistence itself has been dehumanizing in character: We live in one cubicle and work in another, and transport yourself between cubicles in yet another cubicle. We live in strict confinement–and fear. Yet we’ve been deprived of alternatives to degradation and slavery to such a degree that our greatest fear is to be deprived of our shackles and cubicles.

    Our circumstances are utterly controlled and confined. Our food is bad, our air and water is bad, and the stuff provided for the nourishment of mind and spirit is mostly pure poison.

    We live lives of slaves and lab rats. Let’s get clear on the fact that the what the system offers us is a pure negative.

    2. The system is destructive, not just to us, but to the earth and all its peoples, and everything we ought to value. This is implicit in its design.

    3. This system is collapsing. It may consolidate–into something far more harsh, destructive, and restrictive–before its ultimate collapse.

    4. Our ideological position should be that we want economic freedom, self-determination, and the right to meet our economic needs independent of the system. More could be added: peace, community, sustainability, authentic human and economic relationships, etc.

    That would be my own ideological position.

    From an economic standpoint, in the urgent need to survive as our world collapses around us, we should remember the ways that what we want to build must be very different from what’s collapsing. We need to be building an economy (a community livelihood) that is based on the priciples of fairness, honesty, freedom, sustainability, care of the earth’s resources and creatures, and humanity.

    I could set forth the essentials for this, but there is no need because, 1. The system won’t respond to demands to restructure, and, 2. The system is collapsing and its attempts to restructure will be aimed at its own survival–right up until it is too weak to effect any kind of positive restructuring.

    This means that restructuring of the means of livelihood has to come from individuals and communities.

    Pretty soon, we will all be looking for a means of livelihood outside the present system. What individuals need to do is to get a plan now. If your community is not too ossified, you may want to encourage your community to get a plan now.

    I’m personally guilty of not engaging much with the community. My view is that it’s pretty well ossified–proceeding more recently into absolute paralysis–and unwilling to make fundamental structural changes–as yet.

    Changes we need to make locally: Allow people to keep chickens and other livestock; encourage people to grow gardens and provide knowledge and resources; provide transportation; allow people to use our area’s many and large vacant lots for food-growing and grazing–i.e., create “commons” for animals; and permit cottage industries and home business.

    These ideas are in some ways peculiar to my area. I live in a lake community that is a failed real-estate development scheme, dating back to the 1970s. It is comprised of several hundred acres of mostly unused vacant lots and woodlands punctuated by a scattering of homes, and surrouds a 100-acre lake with abundant fish and game. Businesses are not allowed. Farm animals of any kind are not allowed. Building codes are ridiculous. Hundreds of acres of vacant lots–most owned by people who have not visited them in decades–are grown up in weeds and timber.

    The opportunities for community self-sufficiency here are immense–and will probably continue to be blocked by local government until the situation becomes very dire. “Very dire” means that the wealthier residents who fear a decline in their property values would result from restructuring are the ones who will have to feel the impact. I hope this doesn’t come too late.

    One thing I have done is start and organic gardening club, to try to encourage people to grow food–probably too little, too late.

  • November 26, 2008 at 9:55 am
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    Along the lines of ‘bombing civilian wedding parties’, now add sink fishing boats:

    Pirate ‘mothership’ was really Thai fishing boat

    The “pirate mothership” destroyed by the Indian Navy in the Gulf of Aden last week was actually a Thai fishing boat that was itself being hijacked and whose crew was tied up below decks.

    The sunken vessel, which was destroyed by INS Tabar, an Indian frigate, on the night of November 18, was the Ekawat Nava 5, a deep sea trawler – not a floating pirate armoury loaded to the gunnels with supplies of ammunition and explosives as India had claimed.

    Wicharn Sirichaiekawat, manager of the Bangkok-based Sirichai Fisheries, the ship’s owner, said that the true story emerged when one of his crew was found alive, adrift in the Indian Ocean.

  • November 26, 2008 at 12:34 pm
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    Especially enjoyed the quote from William Commanda, Mamiwinini, Canada, 1991. My dearest friend said years ago that technology would bury mankind.

    I am hoping it’s not to late.
    June 2009 is when my planned relocation is supposed to take place. Oregon. I’ll be alone and on my own at age 58.
    Suck it up will have to be my motto, and then carry on.

  • November 26, 2008 at 3:54 pm
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    If the institution of a “school” offends you, then where is the training you need?

    Reminds me of the book Ecodefense, and the group Earth First! back when they were really involved in monkeywrenching to destroy the machinery that was destroying the environment. Their influence and effect was growing, but of course the government infiltrated the group, imprisoned the leader(s), etc… they don’t do much anymore.

    I think a group either needs numbers or training to be effective, but obtaining both provide opportunities for the government to detect and crush them.

    There are still groups like ELF, but they can’t get organized or offer training probably for that reason.

    I think in order for a small group to survive and grow and be effective, it’d have to have the support of the general population, so I suspect the ecodefense groups are doomed to impotence. 🙁

  • November 26, 2008 at 4:58 pm
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    I would love to attend a survival school or a primitive living school. But how much can you learn in a weekend or week long class and actually remember half of the stuff they taught you. If it were set up locally like a college type course over several months it would much more beneficial for the individual. I know for me personally, learning the local edible plants, gardening techniques for the mountains and the like would be very useful. Unfortunately a lot of the “old time” techniques and skills have vanished.

  • November 26, 2008 at 5:14 pm
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    Excellent post, admin.

    Where are the schools to teach us the skills needed for post-collapse?
    Seems there are none, and one only gets a snippet of info. here, and another snippet there, and without the benefit of being reared by elders who taught us the correct way to live, we find ourselves in century 21 quite helpless for the most part.

    Admin and Adam are both right about enviro groups. The moment there is recognition of a “group” no matter how small, the feds begin their process of infiltration. Then they do everything they can to encourage illegal activity–a great way to justify their existence when they later swoop down to make mass arrests. This is one reason small green groups will always fail.

    Another reason, speaking from personal experience, is that after decades of enviro work, I look back and see all we were doing was “putting out brush fires” while an entire and massive forest fire raged on. The entire system is broken and everyone who posts here knows this, so excuse me for sounding like a broken record….

    Community is necessary but a problem faced by many of us is that their/our closest neighbors are still caught up in consuming, maxing out their charge cards, and more of the insanity that got us in this jam in the first place.

    Sharon, in 2009, if the dire predictions come to fruition, there may be squatters right and left trickling into those seemingly abandoned lake lots in your area. Beginning of community for you?

    Individuality, June probably won’t be too late, as you have something most of the 300 million Americans don’t have: PLANS.

  • November 26, 2008 at 6:50 pm
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    Scary comments, which we all know, over at The Automatic Earth:

    You spoke of empire in your remarks. I have seen how empire works from the inside. In the black world of covert operations U.S. style. If the American people had any idea of what goes on around the world at the direction of the U.S. government they would be shocked. It is no wonder that we are hated by so many people around the world.

  • November 26, 2008 at 7:31 pm
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    Also read, “Hope In Common”.

    Hopelessness isnâ’t natural. It needs to be produced. If we really want to understand this situation, we have to begin by understanding that the last thirty years have seen the construction of a vast bureaucratic apparatus for the creation and maintenance of hopelessness, a kind of giant machine that is designed, first and foremost, to destroy any sense of possible alternative futures. At root is a veritable obsession on the part of the rulers of the world with ensuring that social movements cannot be seen to grow, to flourish, to propose alternatives; that those who challenge existing power arrangements can never, under any circumstances, be perceived to win. To do so requires creating a vast apparatus of armies, prisons, police, various forms of private security firms and police and military intelligence apparatus, propaganda engines of every conceivable variety, most of which do not attack alternatives directly so much as they create a pervasive climate of fear, jingoistic conformity, and simple despair that renders any thought of changing the world seem an idle fantasy. Maintaining this apparatus seems even more important, to exponents of the “free market,” even than maintaining any sort of viable market economy.

    Economically, this apparatus is pure dead weight; all the guns, surveillance cameras, and propaganda engines are extraordinarily expensive and really produce nothing, and as a result, itâ’s dragging the entire capitalist system down with it, and possibly, the earth itself.

  • November 27, 2008 at 8:45 am
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    schools ????

    So my ‘idea’ of a few months back of starting up “Cave College” (aka “Stone Tech”, “Rock U.”) wasn’t so bushing lame after all? Sure, it’s just as fancifully delusional now as it was then, Still, the concept has some merit if not support.

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