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The scope of things to fight against is widening, I couldn't agree more. But that's to be embraced as a symptom of success, not derided as a failure of the movement.
There might be too much for each individual to focus on by themselves and that's why the key remains, as much as it always was, organisation amongst ourselves. Yes, there's many battles to be fought but if we organise and stay true to the idea that it's us, the people, that change things then we can fight and we will win.
The revolution is dead.
Long live the revolution!
Every day we, the progressives and the radicals and the optimists, are taught and told that change is impossible. Injustice, inequality, and inefficiency are inevitable- or so we are made to believe. This is not the case.
If we want the best for everybody, we need a coordinated effort to launch the revolution. Purely reformist efforts have failed us thus far- our greatest minds are corrupted by the political system in which they work, and the established authorities control the outcome of elections anyway (so how can we change the established authorities?).
I will go on to explain the methods we must use, but first I have to explain what the movement itself consists of. We are devoted to the same three fundamental principles that the revolutionaries of France’s 1789 were devoted to. We want the LIBERTY to do what we wish, so long as it does not infringe on the liberty of another. We want the EQUALITY which will save our society- we should not be defined by the achievements of our parents, or by our race or creed or gender. We want the FRATERNITY which the current system is eroding- comradeship, brotherhood, community.
We radicals will disagree on a number of things. That much is obvious. But those disagreements will only have importance far in the future. First we must achieve the things we agree on. As we achieve those things the movement will inevitably splinter. Some will join the mainstream and become an established authority; others will remain a part of the movement.
Labels only cause fractures between would-be allies, but they are sometimes necessary to make a point. Anarchists and liberals and Marxists frequently disagree on what they want in the long term- but in the short term what they want is frequently the same. Admittedly some of the fractures in our movement are over methodology- pacifists and violent revolutionaries, Leninists and Luxermburgists. But that doesn’t matter- this movement is a compromise. All methods have their place, and we need all the support we can find. No pacifist should feel ashamed to be on the front lines with someone who throws molotovs- each is equally devoted to the cause. If one of them accidentally causes damage to the cause, argue in private and discuss how we can move forwards. DO NOT SPLINTER. That will cause far more damage to the movement than a poor public image- a fractured front causes a poor public image itself!
That said- http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=238272389502&ref=ts
He sits outside burger king with a brew in his hand,
The only hope he ever seems to have is canned,
Beg,Borrow or Steal; is it really a crime?
When hes left unhelped by his government to this life of grime,
They\'ll always say \"he never tried in school\" \"he got what he deserved\"
But is what were seeing really justice being served?
His mental health could have stopped him from making his living
And his flat rent and tax bills seemed no less forgiving
Maybe he dropped out of school to care for his sick mother
And maybe war in his country meant he ran for cover
And maybe the people in his hometown were after his blood
And maybe his previous home was destroyed by the floods
So now you think at him and think \"guilty, you say?\"
But it could have been you who walked past the man today...
went to the stop EDL in notts. tbh they made their beds with the nazi salutes. till that point i think the public were more scared of our covered faces. nice of the police to kettle, take photos of, and hover a £200 per minute of tax money helicopter over US!
Just a quick point of clarification; this was originally posted by Mark Anthony; but thanks Itch for throwing it open