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  •  Do they really want to go down this road? (5+ / 0-)
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    Mimikatz, elwior, Brubs, judyms9, Tanya


    The armed uprising of the people is maturing and is organising itself before our very eyes under the impact of the spontaneous course of events. It was not so very long ago that the only manifestation of the people's struggle against the autocracy was revolts -- unconscious, unorganised, spontaneous, sometimes wild outbreaks. But the labour movement, as the movement of the most advanced class, the proletariat, rapidly outgrew this initial stage. The goal-conscious propaganda and agitation carried on by the Social-Democrats had their effect. Disturbances gave way to organised strike struggles and political demonstrations against the autocracy. The brutal military reprisals of the past few years have "educated" the proletariat and the common people of the towns, and have prepared them for higher forms of revolutionary struggle. The criminal and ignominious war into which the autocracy has plunged the people filled the cup of their endurance to overflowing. The crowds began to offer armed resistance to the tsarist troops. Real street fighting, barricade battles, started between the people and the troops. Quite recently the Caucasus, Lodz, Odessa, and Libau have shown us examples of proletarian heroism and popular enthusiasm. The struggle grew into an insurrection. Even the tsar's troops gradually began to see that they were being made to play the shameful role of executioners of freedom, of henchmen of the police. And the army began to waver. At first isolated cases of insubordination, outbreaks among reservists, protests from officers, propaganda among the soldiers, refusal of some companies and regiments to shoot at their own brothers, the workers. Then -- the siding of part of the army with the uprising.

    Lenin, The Revolutionary Army and the Revolutionary Government, 1905

    The choice: bag men for international finance capital or defenders of the people.  

    I'm confident that, when it comes down to it, the rank and file soldiers, most of whom are working-class and members of oppressed national minorities, will choose to stand with the people against the plutocrats.  

    Make no mistake.  The ruling class is scared shitless about this.  Why do you think Obama's making his big pitch to Wall Street this week to hire vets?

    "It's not a question of worrying or of hoping for the best, but of finding new weapons." -- Gilles Deleuze, Postscript on Control Societies

    by GiveNoQuarter on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 03:34:50 PM PDT

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