The 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.
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.