The Revolution Will Not Be Sublime

I am convinced that socialist revolution, if and when we achieve it, will take the form of a practical discovery.

Specifically, I think that the socialist revolution will be a breakthrough in the democratic resolution of collective action problems, especially those relating to material social relations such as productive labour,  reproductive labour, and physical force.

If this is correct, then the emergence of radical social movements, the overthrow of governments, and so on will not constitute the substance of the revolution itself. Rather, what we tend to call ‘revolutionary struggle’ will constitute the means for implementing the revolution.

I suspect also that the form the revolution will take will not be something that stands outside all previously established social practice — you know, that kind of greatness that looks like madness at first.  I suspect, rather, that the revolution will feel a lot like something we already do, and that the crucial transformative differences will be subtle.

When we encounter it, we will say things like, “it’s so simple! Why didn’t we think of that sooner?”.

But the simplest things are the most difficult.

Source: http://damiengwalter.com/2012/11/03/the-tao-that-can-be-told-is-not-the-true-tao/

6 thoughts on “The Revolution Will Not Be Sublime

  1. You write:
    When we encounter it, we will say things like, “it’s so simple! Why didn’t we think of that sooner?”

    This kind of experience seems to happen after a frame of reference has changed, or after observational schemata have changed. And a society might consist of communication within a particular schema of observation, or communication that reproduces a particular schema. Might. I don’t know.

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