On revolution

JMG has a great post this week on the limited worth of violence/revolution.    A classic slogan that really brings reality to the fantasy of ‘violent uprising’ is, “Anyone who advocates violence against the government in public is either an idiot or an agent provocateur.”

Another he mentioned was,  “People who say you’re either part of the problem or part of the solution are part of the problem.”

Slogans and one-liners won’t convince people like a long essay can, but they can distill some of the basic arguments to people.  One of the best I ever heard was on Letterman’s Top 10 ages ago, regarding the first Gulf War, and the response to the invasion of Kuwait:

“War is no fun when the other side shoots back.”

More possible slogans about “revolution”, especially the violent kind that some folks espouse:

– “Your enemy isn’t a bunch of Star Wars storm troopers that fall at the drop of a hat.   They actually know as much, if not more, than you, and are very well trained and better equipped.”

– “Lose your family, your possessions, your sanity, your life.  A revolution asks a lot of you.   Are you prepared to lose it all, and still lose?”

– “Just because you are on the side of ‘the right and just’ doesn’t mean you are going to win.  Life isn’t a Hollywood movie where the good guys always win.”

– “If you can’t kill your own food, perhaps violence isn’t your cup of tea.”

Let’s not forget Mao’s “The revolution is not a dinner party,” and Huey P. Newton’s, “The first lesson a revolutionary must learn is that he is a doomed man.”

Any others that illuminate the harsh realities of violence?


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