Peace and Revolution
Posted 26th August 2011 at 12:16 by Le Socialiste
This is just something I've been dwelling on for awhile now. It very much is, I think, stating the obvious, but I just wanted to put it down in written/typed form.
If there is one single “truth” out there, it is that there can be no peace whilst oppression reigns over the hearts of the toilers. Within the inherent destructiveness of the capitalist economy, relying as it does on the suppression and extraction of people’s basic necessities for its own maintenance, one finds only a fragile peace built on falsehoods. That is, public perception of what peace is doesn’t wholly signify its truest form—rather, what peace is and has become is little more than the assurance of certain channels of popular dissent.
Peaceful acts of dissent are meaningless unless they coincide with a certain common awareness, one which draws its power from the revolutionary consciousness of the people. In this case, let me make clear what I mean: when the masses see clearly that the root of their ills lies in the very foundations of capitalistic exploitation and realize that no form of sociopolitical governance within its foul framework holds the capacity or will to “rescue” them from its clutches. This definition of consciousness recognizes the futility of constructing, dismantling, and reconstructing the state apparatus along particular ideological lines. It seeks to actively work towards its utter and complete destruction, consigned to that fabled “dustbin of history”. Most importantly, it sees clearly that peace under capitalism isn’t peace at all; it is merely the peace of the existing structures that perpetuate the conflicts and sufferings of the world’s toilers.
A peace within capitalism is but enforced “tranquility”, one that relies heavily on methods of oppression, exploitation, and terror. It speaks of peace while actively creating the divisions that prevent authentic struggle from taking place. It preaches the virtues of “peaceful demonstration” as it eyes the machines of war, wondering if and when it will ever have to use them on the hands that put it together. It praises the docile cries of passivity even while it clubs the passive. There is such a thing as peace, but it isn’t to be found in this world of ours. Not so long as the divisive tactics of the ruling classes manage to foment chaos and strife amongst the working population. In order to bring about a lasting peace, there must be revolution. There must be the awakened consciousness of the international proletariat to the gross reality of its suppression. For the true attainment of peace, states must be brought down from their positions of authority and all governance be restored to the toilers themselves. Capitalism must be eradicated, replaced with international solidarity of the working masses. At its most basic, before there is peace there must be the triumph of the will of the workers over their masters, their authorities, and their gods. There is no halfway point, nor is there the promise of utopian peacefulness. It is but the realization that there is no addressing the effect if one chooses to ignore the cause.
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