rolf david

A revolution on a world scale will take a very long time. But it is also possible to recognize that it is already starting to happen. The easiest way to get our minds around it is to stop thinking about revolution as a thing — “the” revolution, the great cataclysmic break—and instead ask “what is revolutionary action?” We could then

suggest: revolutionary action is any collective action which rejects, and therefore confronts, some form of power or domination and in doing so, reconstitutes social relations—even within the collectivity—in that light. Revolutionary action does not necessarily have to aim to topple governments. Attempts to create autonomous communities in the face of power (using Castoriadis’ definition

here: ones that constitute themselves, collectively make their own rules or principles of operation, and continually reexamine them), would, for

instance, be almost by definition revolutionary acts. And history shows us that the continual accumulation

of such acts can change (almost) everything.

David Rolfe Graeber