The Dogs Of Revolution

dogsThe topic of revolution is frequently addressed on this blog as an imperative to end the Animal Holocaust. As there are not enough animal activists to accomplish such a course of action, it will be necessary, and logical, to join with others who are also enemies of the state.

The Animal Holocaust claims over 60 billion victims every year. All victims of capitalism, all sacrificed on the altar of profits, all murdered by businessmen, all the horrors defended by conservatives, all the horrors sanctified by religions, all the horrors perfectly legal.

 Animals are born into slavery, tortured in slavery, murdered in slavery.
They are mere property, their suffering tolerated by society, their cries unheard by the overwhelming majority of people who are complicit in their abuse and their deaths.

The Animal Holocaust is increasing in numbers every year, in spite of all we in the animal movement do to educate the public, to recruit vegans, to spread compassion.

The number of animals who die in slaughterhouses is expected to double in 20 years.

The animals are losing. All we do is no match for the capitalist propaganda machine that creates ever increasing demand for animal corpses. Our meager personal resources are drowned out by advertising campaigns funded by the blood and screams of the victims of Big Agriculture.

Capitalist societies murder and consume more animal corpses than every other type of society in human history, from aboriginal societies to feudal societies to mercantilist societies to socialist societies.

Capitalism will never yield to compassion.
Capitalism will never surrender profits and private property to animal rights.
Capitalism is the primary cause of animal cruelty, exploitation, and murder.

Whatever government were to emerge from an overthrow of capitalism would be a huge improvement for the animals. And if animal activists are close to the reins of power, they will be in positions to make major differences for the animals.

The enemies of the capitalist state are numerous, and growing.
Social justice advocates are fighting against racism, police terrorism, institutional injustice.
Peace advocates are fighting against war, militarization, belligerent foreign policy, and drone murders.
Occupiers are fighting against wealth inequality, income disparity, and globalization.
Feminists are fighting for equality and reproductive freedoms.
The poor are fighting for economic justice and safety nets.
Prison reformers are fighting against the American prison state, the death penalty, and unequal justice.
Environmentalists are fighting to save the planet from the sixth mass extinction.
Animal activists are fighting for our fellow Earthlings.

 To topple capitalism will require the concerted efforts of all enemies of the state.

Revolution could occur at any time. It will require a flash point, perhaps several, public outrage, a critical mass of supporters taking to the streets, oppressive government response, coordinated resistance. There may be several false starts and failed attempts to sustain revolt.

The first wave of state power to be unleashed against the people will be local police. If revolt gains traction, the second wave will be National Guard troops.

Not all people taking on the police and National Guard troops may even be interested in social justice reforms or ending capitalism. Many may be right wing zealots opposed to any government.

We take our allies as we find them. Job one in revolution is to bring down the government. And likely components of insurrection will be populists, libertarians, and right wing militias.

Other allies should include urban gangs, ex-convicts, students, the unemployed, veterans, and leftists.

Freeing inmates from jails and prisons across the country would swell the ranks of revolutionaries. Over two million inmates could join our ranks.

Revolution could happen tomorrow, or decades from now. We must be prepared to participate when it comes.

Revolution is the only hope for billions upon billions of animals.

Preparing for revolution must be a priority for animal activists.




Author’s Note:

Natasha Sainsbury, of Good Karma Graphic Design, has joined Armory of the Revolution as Editor, and is responsible for the transformation of the blog’s appearance.



6 thoughts on “The Dogs Of Revolution

  1. How do you spark a revolution, whether in human attitudes or an actual physical, political rebellion? I don’t know but I would suggest that further mental masturbation on the computer keyboard will not be the answer! When the resources at hand are so piffling (a comparative handful of animal advocates, of varying commitment and courage, spread thin over the Internet), and the forces arrayed against us are so overwhelming (animal abusing profiteers of every stripe and class, the State, and, most significantly, a vast hugely-indifferent public) what is a realistic option? Be very careful about forming alliances with nihilists who don’t explicitly share one’s views about animal liberation; that could easily come back to bite you in the ass — just ask the Mensheviks how well their alliance with the Bolsheviks to overthrow the Czar worked out. Instead of waiting around for the streets to fill with pissed-off demonstrators I’d suggest employing the well-tested tactics of asymmetric warfare and take to heart the words spoken by Peter Kropotkin over a century ago: “One audacious act gains more followers than a thousand books which if not translated into action become nothing more than collectors of dust.”


    • For the animals, absolutely anything would be an improvement over what they endure under capitalism.

      I do not believe revolutions are planned, except in a very abstract way. Revolutions are opportunistic. Flash points of government violence against one group or another could be the trigger.

      To be successful, revolutionaries must believe revolt is possible. A critical mass of the population must be willing to rebel. Such a critical mass is actually quite small, but people with little or nothing to lose are more likely to take up arms against the government than those with jobs, houses, mortgages, and car loans.

      Insurrection may not gain traction, and many efforts may sputter and die. The key is to create flash points involving disparate groups, broadening the appeal of opposing the government. If environmentalists can confront the government while police are brutalizing African-Americans, the chances of solidarity increases. Add urban gangs, animal liberators, occupiers, and we are off and running.


      • You’ve put your finger precisely on the reason why an animal rights revolution is so problematic and fundamentally different from any revolution of the past: Revolutions require a critical mass of people so personally harmed or repressed or offended by the existing regime that they are willing to risk their fortunes and their lives to bring it down. Since the ones being repressed, harmed and killed in this case are non-human beings that cannot organize and take-up arms, animals are totally dependent on a critical mass of incensed humans willing to risk all by coming to their rescue; this I do not see happening, ever.

        The best recent historical analogy to the plight of non-humans in modern-day human society is that of the Jews in pre-war Nazi Germany. As long as you were a full-blooded Aryan citizen of the Third Reich and did not openly oppose the regime, life was comparatively good; there was ample food, housing, medical care, work, entertainment and protection from street crime or even from unlawful persecution by the authorities. Obviously this good life was not extended to the Jewish inhabitants. And there is ample historical evidence that internal opposition to the Nazis on behalf of the Jews by the German people, the purportedly “good Germans”, was spotty and anemic at best. Granted that this resistance became more robust after the war had begun and started to go badly for Germany but by then the opposition centered around “saving Germany”, not rescuing the Jews of Europe from the fate the Nazis had consigned them to. Similarly, asking the typical “good American” to risk the loss of his home or income, to say nothing of incarceration, on behalf of creatures whose fate he will never, ever have to share is simply a bridge too far. For heavens sake, even African-Americans and Native Americans who as a people have genuine grievances against the existing order have shown little appetite for organized armed struggle. The “good life” is simply too good to incentivize them to risk life and limb against their oppressors and if you are unable to make effective revolutionaries out of these groups, what chance is there of motivating anyone into engaging in an armed struggle for animal rights?

        People, as a rule, behave out of self-interest (I’m sorry, but that is a biological fact) and since people are not being slaughtered for food or experimented on in laboratories, the motivation to risk anything of value on behalf of those who are subject to such abuse is vanishingly small. For the vast majority of humans on the planet, filling their bellies comes first, assuaging any unsettled consciences a distant second. And given mankind’s proclivity for destroying or perverting everything it gets its avaricious hands on, a rational misanthropy is a valid political philosophy. The belief that you can somehow piggyback animal rights onto some other more popular form of revolutionary dissension and then control those revolutionary forces and bend them to your will is slender hope indeed; just ask the Tolstoyans how well that worked out with the Bolsheviks. Thus one must accept the fact that there will never be anything other than a tiny nucleus of selfless people of conscious available to fight for animal rights; it will never become a populist revolution with barricades in the street and the impassioned masses converging on slaughterhouses and laboratories to shut them down. The question then becomes one of how to organize and most effectively deploy the meager resources you have at your disposal. I would personally argue that carefully targeted forms of “direct action” would be most effective.


      • Bringing down capitalism will be a major improvement for animals. Per capita murder and consumption of animals under socialism is far less than under capitalism. I am under no illusions that animal activists will control a revolution nor direct social policy. I do believe that a socialist society, employing central economic planning, will be driven to ban animal agriculture, not based upon compassion nor Animal Rights, but to avoid environmental disaster and human extinction.


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