My grandma’s eyesight has gotten really bad (and she’s moving to a smaller apartment), so she told me I could go through her books and take whatever I wanted. I filled two laundry baskets with books published between 1880 and 1930 and oh my god I am never gonna leave my apartment again
After reading “All The Power” by Mark Andersen, It’s really hard for me to read anything representing “revolutionary ideology” in the least.
I use to enjoy this stuff quite a bit, but, Andersen is correct: what good will your high brow rhetoric do for you? HOW will you change the world? HOW will you put to work your ideologies? WHO will they help? HOW will they better the situation?
For example: I just read a Red and Black Anarchist zine on the ills of the democratic state in modern America. While they are correct in the analysis of the power distribution and its brokenness, the whole time I was reading it, all I could think was “So? So what?"
If you are going to strive to destroy a system, you better have a damn good reason and an even better replacement.
Destruction is destruction. Bottom line. And a lot of these higher brow, rhetoric-spewing, ideologists say a lot about destruction, but how would they actually strive to make the world better after they’ve created the vacuum?
You have to give the common person an option, a promise of something better. And make it practical. Or else you end up sounding like the very politicians who dance around the solving of the very issues that made the system ill in the first place.