Don't Call Us Revolutionaries And Radicals

2014-02-21 09:27

Legendary reggae artist Bob Marley died just over 30 years ago, but his estate still generates more money than some top earning living personalities of the world. With over 52 million fans, his Facebook page ranks in the top 25 of all Facebook pages.

His deeply soulful music resonates with a strong message of black unity and freedom from oppression and oligarchy. He stood for a generation of a defeated people who were brutalized by the very state which was supposed to protect and nurture them.

As the voice of the voiceless, he was thus seen by those who were in power as a threat to their ‘organized crime’ and their ‘Illegitimate Governance’. They therefore found it inevitable and mandatory to label him and his ilk as rebels, radicals, outlaws, mutineers and so forth.

Bob Marley knew this very well - as he lamented over the arresting and melancholic melodies of The Wailers’ classic song ‘Soul Rebel’. In his piercing natural calm he sings… “People say, I’m a Rebel, (Let Them Talk), Soul Rebel…”

Tupac Shakur is another deceased rapper/activist who is still giving most living artists a run for their money – literally. He strongly identified with the struggle against the brutality and hostility of the USA government on the black minority. In the song ‘Outlaw’, he says regretfully, “They Label Me An Outlaw, Outlaw…”

Basically, when a high ranking criminal manipulates his way to the top of power, those who are just and well-meaning will become the enemy. The righteous will be labelled as dissidents, insurgents and even revolutionaries. (One also hopes the root of the latter noun is the verb ‘revolve’ as opposed to ‘revolt’.)

According to the Oxford Online Dictionary, a revolution is […A forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favour of a new one]. This particular definition is the very reason why Conservatives and Liberals see any Leftist or Socialist movement as a threat to ‘stability’ and the rule of law. The rule of law in this regard refers to the upholding and sustenance of the proven disaster that is Capitalism.

Political experts accordingly label those who see unity and equality as fundamental ethics of state‘The Left’, and those who believe in individuality and Olympian competition as prerogatives ‘The Right’. Whether this ‘right’ may be interpreted as to also allude to the moral definition of the word is another issue.

But if I do have socialist inclinations, I will not see myself as a ‘leftie’ pitted across the capitalist right like we’re complimentary opposites or competitors. As a Socialist, I would see myself as the centre, and a contrary ideology will be seen as a peripheral and consequently insignificant additive as such.

This is to say that Capitalism and Socialism are not complimentary, unlike for example the genders ‘male and female’. As a result, we also do not wish to find ourselves in a State which accommodates both these totally incompatible theories in competition. Rather have those who prefer Capitalism be grouped to one side and observe how they fare together as a profit-centered society.

Comparing Socialism and Capitalism is like comparing heaven and hell literally. These two systems cannot, in a thinking and truly rational society co-exist. Neither can a man find himself undecided and ‘Mixed’ over the two. Either you are left or you are right, and either you are a socialist or a capitalist.

The Capitalist, in the blossoming and enchanting comforts of private luxury, has hence conceived various patronizing terms and methods to silence and ridicule his ‘communistic’ detractors. By calling Socialists ‘Revolutionaries’, he incites the society to perceive them as risky, impractical, naive, irresponsible, etc.

This is generally the sentiment one picks up from the ruling party elites when confronted for diverging from their socialist standpoint since coming into power. The implication in this respect is that, ‘Yes, Capitalism is unfair on the majority, but to overthrow it is too risky and bears dire consequences’. Better a friend than a foe of the devil so to speak.

This is the reason why assertive Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe recently lambasted the ANC and Mandela as having sold out. Political opinion around the world has also questioned Mandela’s retraction from his revolutionary roots of the Socialist struggle for the sake of ‘peace’.

As much as the ANC saved many lives by not engaging the aggressive Zionist regime guerrilla style, they have likewise cost many lives when they compromised human principles for economic figures and administration positions.

So when people eventually decide to do what is right over what is popular, they are thus labelled renegades and are numbered with desperadoes, to be dealt with only through militant force and might.©


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