I do not want to hear “Things just have to get ‘bad enough’ then everyone will become radicalized and join the revolution”
How many of my sisters have to be raped before things get bad enough?
How many queers have to get bashed?
How many children have to go hungry?
There is this strange perception on the left that once a crises hits we will all magically come up with a revolutionary analysis. First of all, in crises the folks that have historically been oppressed just experience more oppression. Second, there is an incredibly obnoxious audacity in the idea that leftist radicals are just waiting for everyone else to come around. That the ignorant masses just need to be shocked by true chaos and then everyone will come running with (A) scribbled on their notebooks.
I want to trouble the idea that revolutionary consciousness is linear, formulaic, possibly inevitable process. I think it takes a lot more political education and empathy then we would like to admit.
To me the “bad enough” mentality relies on the macho-Marxist, cointelbromance idea of the revolution in which everyone finally takes the streets. It ignores the fact that acts of radical resistance happen every day, from caretaking to someone leaving an abusive partner.
The fact is these sort of statements shy away from the back breaking work of abolition. How do we name and resist the ways that we have internalized the state? When harm does occur, how do we deal with it? Who does the dishes? Ect.
The Revolution is not a five minute youtube video to a great hip hop sound track. It is something you carry with you in all of your actions and something you enact in all of your relationships.