The next American revolution has already begun

There is a phenomenon in political philosophy described as a “revolutionary wave.” Time and again throughout history, revolutions in one country have spread beyond its borders and influenced upheaval in neighboring lands.

The Enlightenment ideals of liberty and justice which so famously motivated the American Revolution of 1776 did not remain constrained within America’s borders. Rather, they spread to Mexico and Haiti and Argentina and Bolivia, liberating much of Latin America from Spanish imperialism. The year 1848 is often referred to as the Spring of Nations,” and sometimes more bluntly as “the Year of Revolution.” In this year, a revolution in France led to subsequent revolutions — all founded on nationalistic principles and an opposition to old monarchies — in Germany, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Denmark, Poland and much of the rest of Europe.

Revolutionary waves are by no means restricted to the distant annals of history. The fall of the Soviet Union came about due to a domino effect that the American government was undoubtedly overjoyed to witness. From 1989 to 1991, former Soviet republics — Poland, East Germany, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia, Ukraine and others — declared their independence and abandoned communism one by one in an era labelled by astute historians as “the Fall of Nations.” More recently, the Arab Spring challenged dictators from Tunisia to Egypt to Libya, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, as citizens reacted to autocratic rule, economic ruin and political corruption by pouring into the streets by the thousands.

Governments throughout history have failed to devise any barrier that can consistently and successfully prevent revolutionary consciousness from permeating their borders. Ideas, unlike goods or people, can pass through the tiniest of cracks and prosper in any climate. This, then, begs the question: Why has America remained immune? In the nearly two-and-a-half centuries which have elapsed since our own revolution, countless revolutionary waves have swept around the world and left the American system unaffected.

Furthermore, as evidenced by France, one revolution doesn’t always get the job done. That the issues raised during the political turmoil of the 1960s (itself part of a failed revolutionary wave that also gripped Europe) remain all too relevant today — racial injustice, militarism, political exclusion — make it abundantly clear that America is not done redefining the terms and conditions of its social contract.

Arab Spring protest, via Wikimedia Commons

Arab Spring protest, via Wikimedia Commons

Our present era is characterized by mass political resistance. Like their counterparts in the Arab world, Americans are rising up against their rulers. Both the Tea Party and the Occupy movement gained a great deal of support by offering an outlet for Americans to speak out against a government dominated by corporate interests.  The Black Lives Matter movement erupted into violence in Ferguson and Baltimore as citizens expressed their frustration with a system designed to promote and protect the perpetrators of racist violence. The economic populism of the current Fight for $15 movement has brought thousands into the streets in cities across America. Last September, over three hundred thousand people occupied New York for the People’s Climate March. Bernie Sanders is even using the language of “political revolution” to describe his presidential campaign’s focus on mitigating economic inequality. There is no shortage of issues for which countless Americans feel the need to speak up; and they will continue to get louder until they are heard.

An utter lack of political options motivates these recent movements. Americans are overwhelmingly dissatisfied with the two party system and the American system of government as a whole, with only 26% of Americans believing that “the two major parties adequately represent Americans.” A call for bipartisanship is utterly useless when neither party is willing or able to address serious and legitimate grievances that are shared throughout America and the rest of the world.

What is needed is a break from the false dichotomy of the two party system in favor of a new system: A system that is more receptive and responsive to the needs of the nation. A system in which people of principle can seek office without fear of being ground up by one of two party machines. A system in which the will of the American people cannot be trumped by any force — be it corporate or political.

This new system requires a new American revolution. For both moral and practical reasons, this revolution cannot be violent. But as the fall of the Soviet Union demonstrated, extensive political restructuring is possible through purely peaceful democratic means. As it exists today, the American system is entirely incompatible with the democratic ideals upon which it was ostensibly founded. A political revolution is the solution to the countless problems plaguing America today. The strength of American political resistance in the last few years is proof that this revolution has already begun.

Raghav Sharma is a writer, filmmaker, and political activist studying at the University of Pittsburgh. He writes on electoral and campaign finance issues, foreign policy, and economic affairs.

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74 Responses to “The next American revolution has already begun”

  1. Justice4AllNow says:

    Roger that. A zioscum jew must have written this. The jewroaches KNOW what is soooooon coming to every jew on this planet. This time, it WILL be the REAL thing…

  2. justiceseeker says:

    Passive resistance will not work. Wake up you moron.

    “Guard the helpless, protect the innocent, and hang the guilty ”

  3. mfh says:

    Sorry to say, when the dollar crashes and it will, it won’t be a pretty thing. It won’t even be close to peaceful. Are you ready?

    Socialism or Progressiveness is not the answer. Both stifle incentive, creativity and motivation.

  4. MisterE says:

    We can knock out asses like Rand Paul outta the primaries. Along with the Hillarys and… oh god…. rand paul’s already taken seriously? Well he’ll lose. We need the REAL leftists. Bernie sanders maybe can open people’s minds up to socialism, but unfortunately his voting record is ridiculously right-wing and I cannot support him. It’s despicable the mainstream media acts like he’s a left-wing extremist, despite his right-wing policies. Perhaps since he’s not moving fast enough to the right, and motion’s relative, they say he’s therefore a left-wing extremist. Not true, at all.

  5. UncleBucky says:

    I would giggle and squeal with you any day! :)

  6. Silver_Witch says:

    We can have a beer and tell them all TOLD YA SO! Uncle – to a long life for both of us – at least long enough to giggle at them squealing.

  7. UncleBucky says:

    Yep. I am glad that I won’t be here to see those forces coming to bear.

    But I will say to those in denial. I TOLD YA SO. When they mine these threads for historical notes.

  8. uzza says:

    Thank you for your service.

  9. pomonomo2 says:

    Such as you’d be speaking German now and saying sieg heil as you bend over cupcake.

  10. uzza says:

    Dire consequences such as Chiquita losing their monopoly over Central America.

  11. Bill_Perdue says:

    Civil Liberties are under attack by Democrats and Republicans.

    I helped organize the civilian-GI antiwar movement and together with the Vietnamese drove the Americans out of Vietnam and ended the slaughter of GI’s and civilians by Democrats and Republicans.

  12. pomonomo2 says:

    Forgot the part where you could not have written the above without dire consequences if some of those wars had not been fought…I bet some of your best friends are soldiers.

  13. Bill_Perdue says:

    Except for the two revolutionary wars of 1775-83 and 1859-1877 the US engaged in wars of aggression organized and led by the rich in an effort to increase their profits. That was certainly true of the wars against native nations, against Mexico and every Latin American nation, against Hawaii, the Philippines, Korea, China, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia against every Arab and muslim nation. Three of those wars were genocides.

    Those who fought in them were, for the most part, just as much victims of the rich as the civilians and soldiers they murdered to make the world safe, not for democracy, but for the rich.

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  15. emjayay says:

    Maybe PBS news wouldn’t be so boring if they ran stuff like this instead of the usual talking heads droning on and on.

  16. emjayay says:

    The people with the pitchforks are fighting for Jesus against the Gays.

  17. emjayay says:

    Does everyone realize that my original comment was supposed to be a joke?

    The Soviet Union fell because of the Beatles and TV. They didn’t even wait for the internet.

  18. emjayay says:

    Cool. That arm thing is great. And their limos look just like Dodge Diplomats.

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  22. Butch1 says:

    Exactly so.

    Take away their “Dancing with the Stars” or NASCAR OR all of the sports on TV and they will be fighting the government with “pitchforks and torches.” ;-)

    You have to get their attention and hit them where it hurts. ;-

  23. Gable1111 says:

    “I wonder if all citizens have reached a point where they could put down their pitchforks for a moment and discuss a way to get rid of both of the deadheads of their parties.”

    I only wish that were the problem, that all citizens were carrying pitchforks, metaphorically speaking.

    The problem is MOST citizens are like potted plants with the attention spans of gnats when it comes to public policy and their role in it. Most eligible voters don’t even vote. Most couldn’t give you a coherent 50K foot level overview of what the issues are, and how it impacts them. Many if not most of those who do vote, vote their tribe (race) or their perceived class (wealth) prospects without any consideration of the realities of what their votes might mean. Look at KS and Brownback.

    The problem is people have been socialized to not give a damn, that you “can’t fight city hall,” and all politicians are crooks so it doesn’t matter what you do. That has to be fixed before we can even begin to look at how to change the game.

  24. Indigo says:

    Memorial Day, commemorating all our beloved ghosts, not just the warriors.

  25. pomonomo2 says:

    Agree, that’s why I said (mostly). Thanks, peace to you and yours.

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  27. Indigo says:

    That was definitely my impression. We outspent them.

  28. Silver_Witch says:

    I think the talk of revolution is a waste of time. We have weather, infrastructure failings. I think that we will have other things to deal with Uncle. I think there will be no hiding from the forces of the planet. Hopefully I am wrong.

  29. Silver_Witch says:

    Many woman sacrificed as well, losing their husbands and sons and often even their own lives. Peace be with you.

  30. It says a lot about our system that when we set up democratic governments abroad we put parliamentary governments in place, not presidential ones.

  31. lynchie says:

    Sorry missed your post. My point is by shoving the liberal ideals constantly we start showing the average american the left has ideas that appeal to them and they should support a progressive agenda. Unfortuately we have a Congress and President who are left, aren;t concerned with what we want they are just as thirsty for cash as the right and will always gobble a right dick. There is no one we can believe anymore. Sanders I like but he has already been marginalized and made to look foolish. I want a Democrat clown car and let us hear all manner of approaches and ideas and pick which one suiits our needs. Instead we are given a choice of Hillary who the banks, wall street and the 1% love.

  32. emjayay says:

    “I would like the Dems and the President to get bills prepared on a whole host of subjects that concern liberal ideals, promote them and get defeated by the Repubs but make issues.”

    I wrote the same comment yesterday somewhere. But Obama obviously thinks it’s more effective to talk big and then actually try for the possible only.

  33. emjayay says:

    The United States wasn’t really really created after a revolution. It separated from an empire, and created a government structure that was an evolution of what they knew, injecting some newer Enlightenment ideas in it. Being without a king and hereditary house of parliament, it was supposed to be more representative of the wishes of the people, making revolutions unnecessary unless maybe some new big idea comes up. That hasn’t happened.

  34. emjayay says:

    He could have dissolved Congress and appointed himself Dictator, obviously.

  35. emjayay says:

    As they go to the megachurch where they hear all about the Prosperity Gospel.

  36. emjayay says:

    Yeah, right.

  37. emjayay says:

    Exactly. The two party system is systemic. It is the inevitable result of the structure the founders established, whether they meant it to or not.

  38. emjayay says:

    No, as everyone knows, the Soviet Union actually fell because they were frightened to death by the Reagan military buildup.

  39. Butch1 says:

    There is a disgust on bot sides of the aisle for this government with polling numbers in the low teens and even lower. I wonder if all citizens have reached a point where they could put down their pitchforks for a moment and discuss a way to get rid of both of the deadheads of their parties. None are liked in either party which is interesting and that is a plus where there is common ground and I’m sure there are more talking points that could be discussed where both agree more than disagree.

    This fight is more than “blue team v red team”; it’s one of class warfare where we are actually fighting against the 1% v. 99% or those representatives and senators in our Congress who have sold out to Wall Street who control our government. They make the decisions and we are not being represented by either party.

    Those 1% er’s in the Congress will protect their own interests as well as want to get reelected again. We already know that Wall Street uses their own lobbyists to write laws they want passed and those bills are not changed a bit when they are put on the floor to be voted upon. This is what has to stop. We need to get rid of this connection and they all need to be replaced; if that means with third party candidates, then perhaps that is how we should approach it.

    I do not trust trying to work within the system going through the Democratic Party; they are already too corrupt and in the case of a presidential candidate have already vetted the Wall Street candidate’s favorite, Clinton. Sanders will be actively fought by the Democratic Party. He is too liberal and would fight the system in place which doesn’t want to change. I think the democratic party needs to wither on the vine along with the republican party. Will it happen? Not as long as people are afraid to make a change and want the same things to continue to happen to them.

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  41. pomonomo2 says:

    That’s what we’ve got, Uncle…a democratic republic with the opportunity to debate and decide what a ‘better place’ looks like. Best to you and yours.

  42. UncleBucky says:

    Precisely this is the problem. “You too can be rich soon” so why would you want to spoil what soon will be yours… Meh.

  43. UncleBucky says:

    True, but I must say there are others who don’t want our Country to be a better place if it takes money out of their pockets to be redistributed to…. well, you know…

  44. pomonomo2 says:

    It is Memorial Day folks…good time to remember the (mostly) guys who
    died so that we can have these kinds of debates and have the ability to
    make our country a better place…

  45. UncleBucky says:

    Not only will any revolution be central, that is, having to do something about how the central/federal government is formed, but also it will be fragmented geographically, and yes, the South may rise again. And the West may rise again. And New England may rise again. And the Heartland may rise again. Cities may rise and then fall. Rural areas, resembling ISIL in Syria and Iraq with control along main arteries, but undefined territories in the hinterland, may rise and fall. Police forces may replace militias and militias may replace the US Armed Forces that ordinarily cannot operate in the interior (1861 to 1875 the exception – or more?)

    Many will try to leave or hide. Many will be found to be the “enemy” and be summarily executed. Many, many others will side with one or another faction, trying to avoid leaving, execution or torture.

    The Postman is my model, the Road is my fear, and several episodes of Twilight Zone is our future if we go the route of uncontrolled revolution. √

  46. UncleBucky says:

    That the vote has recently been more or less 50/50 suggests the reason for the lack of desire for a third party (by whomever). A strong third party on the right (Libertarian or Calvinist-focused) splits the GOP and the Libruls win. A strong third party on the left (Green, Progressive, Democratic Socialist) splits the Democratic Party and the Conservatards win.

    Parties are not in the US Constitution, right? Since Washington had no party per se and the election was about leaders, not parties. But the way that elections are held (majority rules and hardly ever a run-off, letting a plurality win) and the way that legislatively no strong third party has had enough seats to, as do parliamentary systems, have to form a coalition to form a combined majority, and hence, run the House or Senate. The President is elected independently from these elections, for all intents and purposes, and the swing of the legislative elections do not put a Prime Minister in power, but rather a President can be of one party whereas the Legislature can be of another (the other) party than the President and at polar differences one from the other.

    If this needs to change, do we need to break up the parties, allow coalitions and have a Parliament with a Prime Minister and a ceremonial President?

    That would mean replacing the current US Constitution.

  47. TheOriginalLiz says:

    I don’t think there will be any real change coming soon – Americans have their “bread and circuses” in the form of Walmart and Reality TV, so we are, for the most part, pacified, and our outbursts are rather insignificant in the face of all the money/power that goes in to propping up the current system. We’ve created the aristocracy that abuses us and we continue to enable them.

  48. Bill_Perdue says:

    Did you write the screenplay for Mad Max: Fury Road?

  49. Bill_Perdue says:

    Socialist parties and Labor parties are organizing and winning but their best efforts will not to become trapped in the toxic political system of the Democrats and Republicans but to use electoral activity to organize unions and promote a socialist program through the vehicle of mass action movements.

  50. Bill_Perdue says:

    Democrats and Republicans are providing the fuel for fundamental change, not commenters. The two parties owned by the rich have the same program that consists of attacks on unions, wage cuts , exporting jobs and pauperizing workers while making the rich richer.

    Nixon and the Republicans imposed wage and price controls that benefited corporations and hurt working people.

    Carter and the Democrats deliberately destroyed hundreds of thousands of rail, air, trucking and communications jobs by deregulating those industries with the Staggers Act and the breakup of Ma Bell.

    Reagan and the Republicans busted PATCO and eased the transfer of hundreds of thousands of union heavy industry jobs overseas and continued Carter’s deregulation frenzy. The terms Reagan and Rust Belt are synonymous.

    Bush 1 continued the polices of Carter Reagan and policies and pushed the worst job killer act of the century, NAFTA. But he couldn’t get it passed. His replacement could and did.

    Bill Clinton, arguably the worst president since Hoover, elbowed NAFTA through Congress, did the same with the deregulation bills of 1999 (Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999) and 2000 ( Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000).Clinton singlehandedly did more than anyone else to create the current levels of high unemployment, underemployment and low wages. Pouring salt on those wounds, Clinton gutted welfare and other social parachutes and hired 200,000 more cops (and even managed to push DADT and DOMA through Congress in his spare time.)

    Bush 2 slashed taxes for the rich, busted unions and exported more jobs.

    Obama pushed TARP and other bailouts trillions of dollars. He’s far and away the worst union buster since Carter. He and Congressional Democrats and Republicans are pushing hard for the job killer Trans-Pacific Partnership. They’re also gunning for Medicare and Social Security. Obama’s medical care ‘reform’ bill is a sham designed to increase the profits of insurance and pharmaceutical companies. It compels patients to give insurance and pharmaceutical companies lots of money for the same terrible coverage. Obama and the Democrats propose a contemptuous minimum wage increase that expresses their utter disrespect for working people.

    Socialists will put a definitive and robust end to the criminality of Democrats and Republicans. We currently campaigning for a decent minimum wage and union recognition for fast food and big box retail workers.

  51. Butch1 says:

    The “two-party” system will not allow a third party to actively participate with them even though it is illegal for them to deny access in debates and other events. They still control the media and eliminate any chance for third party candidates to be allowed on the same stages as they in debates or any other forum. That’s because the two major parties to control of this situation. The people of this country could change that if they wanted to, but have said nothing to stop this illegal action, so all other parties are left out. If we want to hear the voices of the other parties on the same stages once again like it was when the Women’s League of Voters ran the National debates, then we have to do something about it and take over the debates once again and out of the hands of the two parties who have been controlling this farce for the past elections since Perot was the last third party candidate to be seen debating on the stage.

    We need to start making up the questions once again and taking that away from the parties as well. The fact that they both have been given the questions beforehand so they will not be embarrassed over National TV is ridiculous. They also, have been choosing the moderators as well. It’s time they were thrown “hard-ball” questions once again. The so-called “town hall” meetings were a farce as well. The audience members’ questions were pre-picked so the person would have the question already and they would have their answer already prepared. This is too polished; we need to see the real person running for office.

  52. To Post says:

    Broad solidarity with African-Americans against the status quo bring be the change we need.
    Broad solidarity can be the catalyst for the revolution.

  53. Skye Winspur says:

    Good analysis. One other variable is the sheer ignorance and complacency of national leadership, often accompanied by a retreat of said leadership into bubbles of 24/7 pleasure and immunity from criticism (see: the court of Charles I in England, Versailles, Martha’s Vineyard).

  54. lynchie says:

    I was not talking about Citizens United. My comment goes to broken promises and grand speeches where nothing results. We all know the problems. I would like the Dems and the President to get bills prepared on a whole host of subjects that concern liberal ideals, promote them and get defeated by the Repubs but make issues. They are hardly an opposition when they sit on their hands and do little except take case from the same folks to bribe the repubs. Remember Debbie Wasserman-Sellout was soul searching after the election and said they would hold meetings to find out why the got beat. Have you heard a single word. No because they know why they got beat, they don’t reflect the will of the people on the left and they discount our wishes because we don’t have the cash. If anyone doubts they are bought and paid for explain why Clinton may spend $2 Billion going for President, the money stays with the 1% spent on advertising, printing, bribing, limos, planes. etc. Just laundering the same cash over and over. Deduction at one end and back in their pockets at the other.

  55. FLL says:

    Citizens United v. FEC was an awful Supreme Court decision that’s had a lot of negative affects. Unfortunately, presidents can’t reverse bad Supreme Court decisions; only the Supreme Court can reverse a bad decision. The only thing a president can do is nominate Supreme Court justices who are likely to overturn Citizens United v. FEC. The one justice that Obama nominated who was on the court at the time (Sotomayor), dissented, as did Stevens, Ginsburg and Breyer (all nominated by Democratic presidents). Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia, Alito and Thomas (all nominated by Republican presidents) were the majority. Draw your own conclusion.

    As far as “all talk and no action,” what else do you think Obama could have done to reverse Citizens United v. FEC?

  56. Bill_Perdue says:

    The right will try for a counter revolution, the left for a socialist solution to the death agony of capitalism and it’s fake democracy.

  57. Finn says:

    Revolution? No. Americans as a whole are too ignorant and complacent to do what’s necessary for a political revolution to happen, not to mention too easily influenced by propaganda. I see a societal collapse and massive species die off in the near future. Water shortages, crop failure, massive wealth inequality and all the economic damage those things cause will all bring a relatively sudden change within the next 2 decades, and Americans won’t be heading to the voting booth for change. They will be mostly caught unprepared when it happens. They’ll be re-loading their guns and hoarding what they can. I think modern labor movements will be swept aside by the chaos. I can’t say what will come out the other side when it goes down, but it won’t be a progressive society.

  58. 2karmanot says:

    When comfortable professionals in my small neighborhood in a rural CA town start talking openly and convincingly about fascism’s arrival in America these days, I can only think that the revolution which is coming may not be the one of liberty for which we might hope.

  59. 2karmanot says:

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  60. mark_in_toronto says:

    Even though it seems to be going painfully slow, it’s time for a new (or 2, or 3) political parties. As stated here, opportunity is knocking. The question is – will anyone open that door?

  61. lynchie says:

    Obama…all talk no action. Wonder how many directorships he has lined up

  62. lynchie says:

    In the old folks it’s fear.

  63. Buford2k11 says:

    What ya say about Non-violence is all well and good, and is being used right now…But when the other folks are saying they WILL USE violence to further their conquest of our nation, we need to be prepared to do what we are loath to do…the Police State is upon us…and you all know how that is working out for these folks…all across this nation…we have been losing our “right to redress our grievances” slowly and almost un-noticed…The squashing of the Occupy movement was the red flag we have ignored…now we will face a militarized private police force, controlled by the corporations and the puppets who are owned by these corporations…but we all knew this already, right?

  64. Bill_Perdue says:

    Your time line is off. Conditions are ripe for the opening of a revolutionary situation, characterized by a massive change in consciousness by workers. That’s underway now.

    A prerevolutionary situation is in the cards but that is very different from a revolutionary situation characterized by the creation of dual power. Prerevolutionary situations often fail because of a lack of leadership as in Allende’s Chile and likely in Greece and Venezuela.

    You’re right about the growth of the right. The leaders and functionaries of the Democrats and the Republicans are moving right, or as nicho says, stampeding to the right. Neither have will be able to provide an alternative to the growth of the ultra right. In fact both are gateway political formations for the ultraright.

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  66. GrantS says:

    Raghav Sharma seems to be hedging his bets. The headline reads that the next American revolution has already begun but the text includes that America needs a break of the two party system and then begging “This new system requires a new American revolution”. So is Sharma trying to start one here?

  67. nicho says:

    I don’t think we’re in disagreement all that much. You’re absolutely right. Many of the oppressed think that if it wasn’t for liberals, Obama, big government, regulations, minorities, etc., they’d be rolling in dough.

  68. JeffAtMinetfiber says:

    I disagree. I think the feeling of oppression is there, but different groups (e.g. Tea Party vs Occupy) have different, and often opposing, views of that oppression, and of who is doing the oppressing. Those groups are, to a large degree, at odds with each other, instead of working together against a common adversary.

    Personally, I blame the corporate media, both right wing and mainstream, for convincing so many lower class people that other lower class people are to blame.

  69. Indigo says:

    Mid-century at the soonest. You’re right, though, the conditions for the development of a prerevolutionary phase exist. By similar logic, however, conditions for the privileging of Confederate values such as states’ rights and local governance and even gospel-pated pseudo-science also exist and are, if anything, more widespread than they were in the mid-1800s. It’s gonna be a heck of century once it gets rolling.

  70. Texon says:

    Hope springs eternal. This thinking is what makes our country great, but it also makes for a country full of disappointed people. Envy and jealousy is what the we get now.

  71. nicho says:

    One requirement for revolution is that the people have to see themselves as oppressed by their overlords. The trouble with the American lower class today is that they don’t see themselves as oppressed and exploited. They see themselves as temporarily embarassed millionaires. They don’t want to upset the applecart for when they get their due.

  72. Bill_Perdue says:

    The first American Revolution, 1775-1783, and the second American Revolution, 1859-1877, were never completed. The democratic promise of the first Revolution was never realized and the anti-slavery impetus of the second Revolution was betrayed by Democrats and Republicans in the Great Betrayal of 1877 which led to a massive reintroduction of slavery under the guise of Jim Crow and a feudal sharecropping system.

    At the end of the day genuine political democracy is not possible without economic democracy – socialism.

    The US is not now in a prerevolutionary period, but one is on the horizon. Working people are on the move organizing the lowest paid workers, many of whom are people of color in one of the biggest developments since the rise of the CIO about eighty years ago. Driven by the racism of Democrats and Republicans, people of color are shedding the last illusions they had about the possibility of reform and developing rebellious and nationalist consciousness and class consciousness. Women are facing the reintroduction of draconian anti-abortion measures. The LGBT communities have been denied our most important rights – freedom from harassment and violence and freedom of employment, housing and public access since the mid 1970’s and there no chance we’ll get them in near future. Working people are war weary and tired of being underpaid.

    All the conditions for the development of a prerevolutionary situation are there. Who will light the match and when are details we’ll learn as they occur, but occur they will.

  73. FLL says:

    Unlimited corporate contributions has corrupted the political process. Citizens United v. FEC (2010) must be overturned at all costs.

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