Revolution Day / Shameless Self-promotion Sunday
Here's a pretty old post from the blog archives of Geekery Today; it was written about 13 years ago, in 2010, on the World Wide Web.
Happy Sunday, everyone — and happy Revolution Day. In honor of the occasion:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. —That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it .... [W]hen a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
— Declaration of Independence, 4 July 1776
The 4th of July is a date that marks the death of a tyranny, and a declaration of the right of revolution against any and every government that violates the unalienable rights that belong to all people, regardless of any assigned political status. Of course, in a typical statist inversion, the date has been taken over, twisted, made into a date marked off for the exact opposite of what inspired it — for nationalist bromides, the celebration of a counterrevolutionary
Constitutional government, and grotesque attempts to link up this historic event in the history of anti-imperialist guerrilla warfare with some kind of uncritical celebration of the U.S. government’s standing army. So it’s worth remembering that today is not, really, a holiday to honor armies or States-men or any form of consolidated government anywhere. To-day is a day for radicals and revolutionaries. For people who realize that if it was worth anything at all, the American Revolution is a struggle that’s far from over. Not something dead and embalmed in the necropolis of Washington, D.C., but a living struggle against any and every attempt to tyrannize people, to compact them into political formations without their leave and against their will. It is a day for standing up and standing by the most marginalized, the most criminalized, the most exploited and oppressed, against the powers that be, against the arbitrary violence of soldiers and States-men, and against every form of political regimentation. A government is always the death of revolutions, and real revolutions — when we win — are always the death of governments. As another American revolutionary said of another Revolution:
The STATE IDEA, the authoritarian principle, has been proven bankrupt by the experience of the Russian Revolution. If I were to sum up my whole argument in one sentence I should say: The inherent tendency of the State is to concentrate, to narrow, and monopolize all social activities; the nature of revolution is, on the contrary, to grow, to broaden, and disseminate itself in ever-wider circles. In other words, the State is institutional and static; revolution is fluent, dynamic. These two tendencies are incompatible and mutually destructive. The State idea killed the Russian Revolution and it must have the same result in all other revolutions, unless the libertarian idea prevail….
… There is no greater fallacy than the belief that aims and purposes are one thing, while methods and tactics are another, This conception is a potent menace to social regeneration. All human experience teaches that methods and means cannot be separated from the ultimate aim. The means employed become, through individual habit and social practice, part and parcel of the final purpose; they influence it, modify it, and presently the aims and means become identical. —My Disillusionment in Russia (1923).
All power to the people!
Here in this secessionist republic of one, we honored this international revolutionary holiday with a pleasant afternoon Feeding The Revolution with Food Not Bombs. And — given the overlap in the festival days to-day — we’ll also with some commemorative Shamelessness. How about you? What have you been up to this week? Write anything? Leave a link and a short description for your post in the comments. Or fire away about anything else you might want to talk about.
Gary Chartier /#
I haven’t been partying enough. No barbecues here today. I spent much of the day writing and editing—and enjoying the opportunity to keep watching my watching my way through BTVS with Elenor (my third time for most episodes, her second).
Adrian Atari /#
I released “Pioneers of American Freedom” by Rudolf Rocker as a free pdf available for download from http://www.againstallauthority.org/Pioneers%20of%20American%20Freedom%20-%20Final.pdf . I had looked for a free copy online for quite some time but couldn’t find one, so I went ahead and made one. Hope everyone enjoys.
Natalia Petrova /#
I’ve launched my new blog at http://www.bohemianliberty.blogspot.com/.
Anna O. Morgensterm /#
My latest essay “Without Adjectives” was published at c4ss.org: http://c4ss.org/content/3111
Radgeek, what do you say to the idea that organizations “need” strong, “professional” leadership to do well? As opposed to doing well in this particular hierarchical economy? I read an interesting personal story that evolved into a debate about whether non-profit organizations like charities should pay their top staff $400,000 a year:
What would you say to people who want to donate to those organizations (e.g. United Way), and what reasons might they give for not donating if they choose not to?
Shawn P. Wilbur /#
I’m finally getting into the meat of the argument in the “Property is Impossible” series with the third installment. This will be the heart of “The Mutualist” #2, and at the end of it I should have a rough synthetic/syncretic vocabulary in place to help push forward more clearly the “gift economy of property” project. I’m working towards #3, “Owning Up,” and a positive construction of “property,” heavily influenced by Whitman and Stirner, but there’s quite a bit of “making strange” to do before I can advance more steadily.
Actually, most of my time is going towards reworking Corvus Editions as an explicitly and effectively green business, and effectively “repurposing” my skills by learning to repurpose, recycle and upcycle scrap materials. I’m writing up handmade paper project for the first issue of “The Wing,” a very hands-on zine dealing some of the messy details of sustainable micro-business, but also providing simple instruction in useful eco-friendly crafts.
Christopher George /#
Using Austrian Business Cycle to Explain the long term disastrous consequences of the State: How the State Causes Collapse
Adrian, I added “Pioneers” to http://libertyactivism.info/wiki/Listofbooks. Feel free to make an account at libertyactivism.info or send me any other .pdfs you’d like to see there: darianworden (at) gmail (dot) com
Adrian Atari /#
Darian, Thanks a lot! I’ll be sure to let you know if and when I release something else.