“At the risk of seeming ridiculous let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love.” Che Guevara
Love and revolution don’t seem like subjects that belong together, at least to the status quo. They would have you believe that revolution as a thought process is about angst, tearing down institutions, class warfare, even acts of violence. All these things are true, but, the motivation for these things is never examined in the press controlled by the oppressors. The motivation for all revolutionary acts when you tear it down to it’s lowest common denominator or elevate it to it’s highest aspirations is the same. The motivation for all revolution and the driving force behind all acts of revolution, is love. Love for country, love for countrymen, love of justice and freedom.
We love the causes we revolt in support of and we love the principles that guide us to support those causes. We love all life, especially the lives of those oppressed by the out of control beauraucracies.
We love justice. We love to see justice in action, true justice, not justice warped by the second hand spirituality of cardboard people leading a one dimensional representation of life. We love ideals, ideals that glory in the strength of the oppressed realizing that many people with one voice are a revolution. We love discovery, we love both the oppressors and the oppressed and seeing them together discover that the commonalities they share outnumber the disparities that divide them.
Love and empathy are the basis for all revolution. We have to love those we most detest in order to be able to dialog with them and get them to engage their rational mind and see that the most good for the greatest number cannot be accomplished by existing governmental constructs. Closely allied to the concept of revolution driven by love is the concept of humanistic accountability. It is a three three sided approach to accountability that allows us to keep the complex goings on in the mind of a revolutionary from crushing us and making us ineffective because of our lack of focus. From the teachings of a great humanist who will remain nameless because of stigma surrounding him I formulated over a period of years what I call the trident of accountability, or the 3 Hs.
To remain functional and viable as an agent of change a revolutionary must maintain accountability to the three core parts of who we are, the head, the heart, and humanity. The idea must make sense, we must love it, and it must fulfill our responsibility of accomplish the most good for the greatest number with the least compromise of our humanity.
We (speaking to the fellow revolutionaries reading this) all love rabble rousing. The adrenaline of empowering a gathering of marginalized people and teaching them to have a confident, coherent, and unafraid voice is a rush that can’t be matched by any drug. The important and neglected thing that has heretofore been unacknowledged by a lot of popular proponents of revolution is the hard work, loving the oppressors, and particularly the associates and next generation of oppressors. They don’t know they are the oppressors! They are barely aware of the oppressed at all! It is these people, the influencers and eventual replacements of the current oppressors, that we must love and educate about the lives of the oppressed. We must love them and educate them about their role in oppression, and about the difference in opportunities for a kid with the potential to be a brilliant physicist growing up in the rural south, in a school district that only offers high school physics once every three years, and that same kid born to a family with money in a major city with access to Magnet and Talented and Gifted schools from pre-K on. We must love them and teach them the truth about the particular political and economic systems that their indoctrination tells them are heretical anathema to every thing that is pure and good and holy.
Both the oppressors and the oppressed are guilty of the dehumanization of the other side. It’s easy to remain vigilant against an enemy that’s not really human to you. What’s hard is to develop a a forthcoming relationship based on mutual empathy and respect and learn to see the world from each other’s perspective and change the world.
Let’s get to it!
I’m about to broach a subject that seems very simple to me, but has caused at least 50% of the strenuous philosophical discussions I’ve ever had. To a large degree where you stand on this simple yet divisive matter has an effect on all of your beliefs. The subject is altruism and whether or not humans are even truly capable of selfless acts.
If you’re like me and most of my friends you spent a large portion of my childhood attending church. In church one of the sermon topics was frequently sacrifice (not surprising since christianity is based human sacrifice). Sacrifice is a foundational principle of christianity.
You hear parents all the time talking about the sacrifices they make for their children. A sacrifice is exchanging something you have for no return on investment. Liquidating a resource and receiving nothing or something of inconsequential value in exchange.
This is where people are going to start claiming I’m seeking to devalue “sacrifices” made by others, nothing is further from the truth. Rather than trying to convince you to see a different thing I’m going to show you that sacrifice is literally impossible because it breaks the risk/reward paradigm.
The following is a quote from : The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism by Ayn Rand.
“The ethics of altruism has created the image of the brute, as its answer, in order to make men accept two inhuman tenets: (a) that any concern with one’s own interests is evil, regardless of what these interests might be, and (b) that the brute’s activities are in fact to one’s own interest (which altruism enjoins man to renounce for the sake of his neighbors). For a view of the”
― Ayn Rand,
Alt-rightsters will be very confused. They love Ayn Rand. They seem to think that her work is conservative oriented, and to a degree it is.
I’m going to make one more point before I expand the picture to illustrate it more effectively.
Sane people engage in the behavior that gets them the most behavioral profit. The word profit in that sentence is not monetary. Think of it as profit in a quid pro quo model.
The headline of this article comes from a long dead commercial that was was used by the opponents of a casino gambling and lottery referendum before the Arkansas people. To sum it up quickly it shows a wild eyed addicted gambler shooting craps, he’s drenched in sweat, tie askew, and as he attempts to make his point he yells “come on! baby needs a new pair of shoes” and rolls a 7 and craps out. A hard edit later he’s unlocking the front door of his home only to have his weeping wife carrying his screaming, crying, barefoot child meet him at the door and say “where have you been? have you got the money Bill? Baby needs a new pair of shoes!”
Bill wasn’t shooting craps to earn shoe money for the toddler. He was shooting craps because it gave him an endorphin rush to his reward center. That’s behavioral profit.
If a mother goes without those cute red fuck me pumps to buy her son new sneakers it was because she got an endorphin rush from taking an action that from her perspective makes her a good parent, shows that her adulting skills are on point. That’s a profit.
When evaluating new things with a new set of tools there are always surprises but regarding the egoist paradigm I’ve never seen an act that appeared altruistic remain altruistic after analysis via this model.
Revolutionaries quite often give up their whole pre-activism lives, home, cars, spouses in favor of a chance at improving society. Not altruistic. The endorphins in this case come from asserting one’s self in revolutionary acts that are intended to change society for the better
Go forth in to the world and bring me examples and we’ll pick them apart.
Everybody has heard the term New Media. It started to be a buzzword even before the turn of the millenium, a new way to consume media, a new way to create media, and part and parcel of the newness was an unwashed throng of commoners that wanted to create and consume news and other programming in brand new ways. The motivations of the creators particularly was radical. They wanted to be responsible for creating news that was heavily endowed with truth. When you start talking about news and truth in the same sentence people get alarmed, especially politicians with a less than humanist agenda.
As new media grows alliances are formed between like minded people who have their own passions, these groups of impassioned activists are often labelled SJWs or Social Justice Warriors. Social Justice Warrior is what a lot of people, particularly the alt right, would like to be a derogatory term. I would like to introduce a couple of my SJW comrades in arms.
Nicole Alexander is the author of the Terfwar Blog. She has been a very close friend who has an absolutely uncanny knack for getting to the facts regardless of how much time the enemy has spent attempting to obscure them. For those of you that don’t know TERF is Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminism, for these “feminists” only cisgender women qualify to be part of the feminist struggle. Trans women are, in the eyes of TERFs, men. At both the terfwar blog and here at texaspinko we absolutely believe in every persons right to be the person they believe themselves to be without fear of assault, discrimination, or ridicule. This is a belief that was nurtured in Nicole and I many years ago by Shannon Larratt, founder of Body Modification Ezine or BME. The TERFWAR article I’ve linked here is not even about TERF. It’s an article about Betsy DeVos and the Acton Institute. It’s a screaming good article.
The other friend I’ll mention here is another Arkansas blogger. Rance Vinson is the author of An Arkansas Atheist. Rance is a great writer with a straight, no chaser approach to the separation of church and state. He is a genuine and sincere ally to all humans. Rance puts in the work. Rance is, perhaps more than anyone, the reason I chose to start blogging again after an 11 year hiatus.
You’ll be seeing a lot of cooperation and interactions between our blogs. We’re all radical activists and close friends. We will on occasion edit each other’s blogs to expand our minds and perspectives. We will win or be brave in the attempt.
Hasta La Victoria Siempre
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