Forum Post: May Day by Noam Chomsky
Posted 11 years ago on April 29, 2012, 6:28 p.m. EST by PeterKropotkin
from Oakland, CA
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If you’re a serious revolutionary, then you are not looking for an autocratic revolution, but a popular one which will move towards freedom and democracy. That can take place only if a mass of the population are implementing it, carrying it out, and solving problems. They’re not going to undertake that commitment, understandably, unless they have discovered for themselves that there are limits to reform.
A sensible revolutionary will try to push reform to the limits, for two good reasons. First, because the reforms can be valuable in themselves. People should have an eight-hour day rather than a twelve-hour day. And in general, we should want to act in accord with decent ethical values.
Secondly, on strategic grounds, you have to show that here are limits to reform. Perhaps sometimes the system will accommodate to needed reforms. If so, well and good. But if it won’t, then new questions arise. Perhaps that is a moment when resistance is necessary, steps to overcome the barriers to justified changes. Perhaps the time has come to resort to coercive measures in defense of rights and justice, a form of self-defense. Unless the general population recognizes such measures to be a form of self-defense, they’re not going to take part in them, at least they shouldn’t.
If you get to a point where the existing institutions will not bend to the popular will, you have to eliminate the institutions. May Day started here, but then became an international day in support of American workers who were being subjected to brutal violence and judicial punishment. Today, the struggle continues to celebrate May Day not as a "law day" as defined by political leaders, but as a day whose meaning is decided by the people, a day rooted in organizing and working for a better future for the whole of society.
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."-John Fitzgerald Kennedy-
and he certainly tried to make it impossible around the world - like vietnam and south america - while what he said is correct i hope you are not confusing what he said with what he did!
I hope you're not confusing Jfk with Nixon, all presidents did fucked up shit. But there was a reason why Jfk was assasinated. He wouldn't follow up with the status quo. Look up Operation Northwoods...
one possible reason he was killed was that he smashed the cia into a thousand pieces after the bay of pigs screw up. as to the rest of it you are misinformed - what he did in vietnam - bombing the living shit out of the south and what he did in south america is sickening - no saint that one - and the cuban missile crisis - putting the world on the brink of nuclear war for what - he took the missiles out of turkey anyway