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So you want a revolution?

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2) The American empire or culture or economic system are all diseased, thus facing inexorable decline, likely exile to third-world status. 

3) Because national leaders are either corrupt (bought puppets), inept (mismatched skills), immoral or paranoid (starring Cheney) or unintelligent (Dubya), no political engine exists to restore equitable, majority rule.

Such hopelessly dire conditions naturally lead pundits to dish out doom and gloom, not do the harder work of defining values, goals, and strategy. 

Revolution or Collapse, or Both?

Certainly the left is bombarded with Mr. P.C. Roberts' merriment of "America's Ultimate Collapse." Oddly, this former Reagan aide steers us to the dubious King World News, pitching the hoarding of gold, with echoes of Glenn Beck. Not only don't gold coins or bullion pay retirement dividends, high volatility rules. More helpful, Margaret Flowers adds what Hedges most lacks, context and examples, with "Revolution of the Mind is Underway."  Yet her survey covers basic protests, rather isolated and without much national leverage for "revolution." Flowers' finale suffers its own overreach, as "the seemingly impossible becomes inevitable." Sorry, but equating "impossible" and "inevitable" tests language, common sense, and historic precedents. 

What's far more "inevitable" is elitist media scoffing at revolution chatter, evident in Media Lens' cutting essay, "Launchpad for Revolution." That covers the BBC interview with comedian Russell Brand, who forgot the revolution won't be televised, nor instantaneous, but still claims ringleader status, "The revolution of consciousness is a decision, decisions take a moment. In my mind the revolution has already begun." Whither the launch?

Science, the Political Spark?

More grounded is  Naomi  Klein's  "Science is Telling Us All To Revolt," though I can't find one "science-driven" revolution. Anyone? Klein sidesteps "revolutions of the mind," instead endorsing "resistance" by "groups of people" who "adopt a certain set of dynamics that does not fit within the capitalist culture."  Note, "does not fit" language hardly threatens to destroy ruling elites, nor the "culture." What works are direct "protests, blockades and sabotage by indigenous peoples, workers, anarchists and other activist groups:"

The early signs [indicting business-as-usual] are unfolding before our eyes. And increasing numbers of us are responding accordingly: blockading fracking activity in Balcombe; interfering with Arctic drilling preparations in Russian waters (at tremendous personal cost); taking tar sands operators to court for violating indigenous sovereignty; and countless other acts of resistance large and small . . . It's not a revolution, but it's a start.

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