To rain fire upon the mountain

“Only the dead have seen the end of the war.” — George Santayana

“I began revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action.” — Fidel Castro

. . . . . . . There is massive discontent just under the surface of civil society in North America. People are angry. The orderly lineups in stores and the apparent prosperity hide beneath the surface a roiling ocean of emotions which are black, nasty, and brutish. People really don’t like the present system. They are incensed with their rulers and with the conditions in which they have to live. Too, they have dreams, ideals which are not being met. These are the reasons that a revolution could still come about.

The General Argument

. . . . . . . Men are aware that the top 1% of society own everything. They have the Porsches, the summer homes, the pleasure craft, the play-horses, all the best toys. This setup of Pareto inequality is intensely aggravating to the normal man, who was raised to believe in fair play and what’s right is right. When the rich keep getting richer at an accelerating rate, skimming off the surface of industrial society, and the rest work for them as baristas in their rich-enclave Starbucks, there is a chafing sense of rebellion waiting to emerge on the surface.

. . . . . . . Communism is discredited, but was it really given a fair shake? Who tried to implement an advanced economic system but the backward peoples of the world? But let’s put aside the question of communism as a replacement economic system for now. The rot goes deeper than that.

. . . . . . . One type of discontent is the social: Men are unhappy with chicks. There is a great suppressed sexual frustration. But even more than that, there is a dislike of women as a whole. In days past, women — the different creature — submersed herself in her man’s shadow, and she was tolerated there by men. But in these more “liberated” days chicks have become insufferable. They are still different from men, only now there is not the consolation of having them under some measure of control. They are running wild, making stupid decisions.

. . . . . . . I am a good-looking, charming individual, and I can get laid easily. But most men are not in my boat. They sense that there is a “secret society” of a minority of guys getting all the pussy, while they get none, or only shoddy sloppy seconds. This is in part the sense of rage which lies under the surface.

. . . . . . . So: economics, pussy, and then there is society itself.

. . . . . . . Society is structured to be safe — and this chops the arms and legs off adventure and a sense of exploration. Men crave to explore and to be risk-takers. When safety takes precedence, there is a boiling sense of rebellion in response to that.

. . . . . . . There are many avenues of discontent to the norm. There is also the Social Justice War left-wing victory in North America due to television which has routed all alternatives. Many men are not naturally left-wing, or just use it for its government programs which they benefit personally from like unemployment insurance. The notion of gay parades in the cities makes some men gag in disgust and anger.

. . . . . . . Then there is a general sense of boredom. This situation can have devastating consequences. World War I was the result of general boredom among all the parties. The entertainment industries can attempt to paper over this boredom but they are only alleviating the symptoms, not curing the disease.

. . . . . . . In all these ways — the type of economy, chicks, boredom, and more — there is a snowball effect which conjoins all the types into one massive discontent.

. . . . . . . However, there is a counterbalancing force of the self-satisfied genuine middle class which would resist revolt. They have it good in their suburban houses with their fresh squeezed orange juice and their roast chickens. These are the ones who have become used to the chains of routine and in some sense actively embrace such chains. Get up at 6:30, shower, apply deodorant — the whole slemata.

. . . . . . . The slemata of wife and kiddies, car and smoothly running engine, house and property taxes — this slemata is a sloppy mess of spaghetti on a plate of routine and humdrum existence. Some men have conditioned their hearts to beat slow and steady. They feel uncomfortable with revolutionary ardor. These are the men who would silently oppose any changes to the existing order.

. . . . . . . But here’s the funny thing: when you live the slemata, you’ve forgotten how to fight. Just as the Bolsheviks in Czarist Russia could take control of a nation of millions when they were only hundreds, a revolution can win against the cops and the military by taking control of a few key cities and raising the pirate flag.

. . . . . . . Ultimately, it really is all about the pirate flag, you know. You want to land ashore, grab the hottest chicks, pull them onto your ship for ravishment, loot the gemstones, and live with beer steins on a distant island port of solely composed populations of pirates. The pirate flag is the enticing system. To operate outside the bounds of civil society marks one as the true rebel. The Far Eastern countries don’t understand the individual-as-rebel, but it is embedded deep in North American society. The pirate flag attracts rebels like nothing else. The cool, the suave, the chill … these guys drift toward the camps of the seagoing barbarians, and make it what it is.

. . . . . . . In the end, the successful revolution is just waiting for the right leader.

7 thoughts on “To rain fire upon the mountain

  1. Although you don’t go into details, the nature of the leader is all-paramount. Because of his charisma and because of his gentle, discerning ways, he becomes the head of a movement. It is simply the truth written large to say that he is the embodiment of what has gone before and what will soon come to be.

    That gives him a momentum, a kind of PUSH forward through social time. It makes no sense to ask whether he’s a historical figure: of course he is! Writ large, and smoking hot, he loves life and gives destructive potentiality a healthy patina or shine.

  2. A very interesting post. But I wonder if each one of us what we wished to wouldn’t there be total anarchy. True every person wants to be the ultimate ruler, rule gloriously upon the world with all his or her might but is that even remotely possible and plausible? Equality is a distant dream and is so a utopian society. I agree revolution leads to a betterment for most of the times, but even revolution is fuelled oftentimes by selfish motives.

    1. I agree; a thought-provoking article (although I found myself distracted by the animations at the side; it’s very clever, but… what does it mean?).

      But, to respond to your comment: I, for one, do not wish to be an ultimate ruler. I wish that equality weren’t a distant dream, but I know that I am not the one to take us there. And as for your assertion that ‘revolution leads to a betterment (mostly)’, I think history would tend to disagree with that. The Who nailed it with their ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’: “A parting on the left is now the parting on the right, and their beards have all grown longer overnight.”

  3. Exactly! I couldn’t understand why would some men feel a sense of anger if women feel liberated now. Aren’t we all working towards that? Working to bring about an end to the misogynistic mind-set that has curbed the thinking of many men over centuries. I mean I understand that the anger stems from a sense of frustration by the alpha men and that women who were living under their dark shadows have now learnt to free themselves. And that some men gag at the right to expression the LGBT+ community, is unfathomable to me. Don’t we all deserve a right a expression and a right to life?
    Then again coming back to revolution-there is no right or wrong. My notion of right may be your wrong. And does revolution always lead to betterment-perhaps not. Commoners revolted against monarchy and democracy came into being and now the very democracy is slowly turning into autocracy in so many countries all over the world. The hunted become the hunters!

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