We aren’t close to revolution. We thought it was possible then. We were wrong.
There was outrage, militancy, an identifiable enemy in the US government, comradeship with the Civil Rights movement, solidarity with students, veterans, draft resisters, and with our Black brothers and sisters.
Every night we saw coffins and body bags of kids being offloaded from military transports. (The fascist George W Bush banned journalists from showing us such images in the Irag conflict).
Viet Nam was the closest we have come to a revolution in the US. And even then we were hardly close.
The American political system allows government to absorb political body blows while keeping the status quo intact.
Outrages like the murders of American servicemen and women are displaced by time and rhetoric. Lip service is paid to their sacrifices while the war criminals count their profits. American blood is spilled for defense contractors and munitions manufacturers, the American public waves American flags, and the politicians who sentenced those kids to death cry crocodile tears while thumping their chests and their Bibles.
Nothing has changed. Like the Civil Rights movement which preceded the Viet Nam war and the urban unrest which followed it, public outrage is assuaged and the illusion of political reform is force fed to the American electorate.
The animal movement constitutes a much smaller percentage of the population than did the activists for civil rights or anti-war activists over Viet Nam.
And those activists were unable to bring down the government. Animal activists would fare much worse, as there are fewer of us.
Police continue to kill Black people. At some point one would think the Black community would rise en masse against the police state which murders their brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers.
If that should occur, animal activists should join them.
In fact, Black revolt will likely be the catalyst for revolution. No other constituency in the US is as close to fighting back against the state.
I can envision a scenario wherein right wing militias and conservative militants interject themselves in clashes between the government and Black revolutionaries. In doing so they will become targets of the police state, making them de facto allies of the revolutionaries.
Anti-government militias and leftist revolutionaries could well join forces to bring down the government, each for their own reasons.
Any chaos, any social disruption, any resulting disorder, will mean fewer animal deaths. Fewer animals slaughtered, fewer sold, fewer consumed.
The revolution may not come for decades. There may be failed attempts. We may never succeed.
But I for one am willing to die trying to make it happen.
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