On libcom some posters have been seriously discussing how likely it is that anarchists will make a revolution against capitalism. Anarchists, not workers or communists. I don't think I've got that wrong. Most of the participants think a revolution is very unlikely, or that it'll never happen for hundreds or even thousands of years. Some posters have criticised other posters for only talking abut this in terms of individual would-be revolutionaries, not in terms of class. The overall impression I get is that generally people on that thread think a revolution against capitalism is an impossibility. The world accepts capitalism for what it is and nothing can or will be done about it, though discontents should feel free to moan and complain all they want, if they want.
This, coming on top of the events in Paris, the downing of the Russian plane in Sinai, the stream of immigrants fleeing Syria and the Middle East in general, and now no longer really welcome anywhere else, and all the other bad news choking the bourgeois tv news networks, I found a bit of a downer. But what really shocked me last night was to suddenly be presented with a film, on Sky News, of various individuals reciting lines from the Lords Prayer. Our father, which art in heaven.....etc. This advert - for that's what it is - starts with a flash of the Archbishop of Canterbury looking even more ghoulish and tearful than ever just meandering along somewhere, and it seems was intended to be played in cinemas showing the re-vamped Star Wars sequel as part of the Christmas season's goodies and all the very early Christmas trees. But many cinemas have said no to the offer.
But what is the supposed link we are being pushed into making between Star Wars, Christmas and the Church of England? Is it a reposte to the murderous excesses of a few fanatics using Islam as a cover for their terrorism? Is it just an advert for the good old C of E needing a quick rejuvenation and monetary fix? Or is it something more sinister? Are we being set up for a bigger and more official war against IS, or daesh as they call it now, and is religion going to feature as an ideological cover for some of this?
Christmas trees, religion and the magic of Star Wars. A heady mix. Who can resist? And then there's the outburst of nationalism following on from Paris. French flags and the Marseillaise at football matches everywhere, and even in the US! How sickening and depressing it all is.
What is happening to us all? Has the western working class given up completely? Was the proletarian revolution only just a dream some of us had? Are we now just to be swept headlong into the chaos of decomposition and Barbarism
What does the ICC think? Do you have any comforting words at all?
In many ways history has speeded up. Horrible events pile up on each other. The bourgeois is disoriented. More austerity and more wars are planned. Yet we are so passive. Have we given up?
Its being so cheerful as keeps me going....But what a mess!