JackRiddler » Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:17 pm wrote:
What if these are at risk? Those events we actually call revolutions tend to happen when people who are accustomed to what they thought was a fair and stable deal with future prospects find themselves robbed of same. You might face the conundrum of the workers who fear going on strike against proposed cut-backs, because it might result in the strikers being the ones who lose their jobs, while those who don't strike get to retain them.
I guess another question is, what is one's job? Is it the kind of bullshit job that only exists in the first place in order to keep as many of us as possible working and tied into the system. Is it the kind of job that revolutions are supposed to (and generally fail to) make obsolete, like jobs guarding drug-war prisoners, consulting to Monsanto or fracking for gas?
Right, that's a good question. There are very few sustainable actions that result in actual "livelihoods" under the current economic system, and those that we collectively deem "good enough to keep around" must be supported by philanthropy, taxes, vows of poverty, or crime. Even in my chosen career, design (which, at least in the school I'm from, was a field engineered to try to make the world a better place), I gain satisfaction only from self-initiated, pro-bono, or nonprofit work outside of my day job. I enjoy my job in higher education, and believe that in a utopia some form of monastic or institutional way to share and spread knowledge, but the cult of death culture of this particular university could/has to go.
So, in that case, I wouldn't miss this particular job, but I love my career and would want to continue on with it.
My main problem is that I was raised lower middle class and so I have to deal with the constant anxiety of having this all come out from underneath me. Despite healthy salary, I still live paycheck to paycheck, quite literally - I'm not putting any away into savings. This has to be a very widely shared existence and fear. So I guess there exists a need to better communicate about revolution, in contrast to MacCruisikeen's outline of Establishment-conditioned dread:
A revolution should bring love, joy, fellowship, romance, and community.
The Rich and the Corporate remain in their hundred-year fever visions of Bolsheviks taking their stuff - JackRiddler