Today I’m wearing my Che Guevara t-shirt. Every time I put it on I think about what my army buddies would say if they saw me wearing a Che t-shirt. I did after all spend 11 years of my life training to fight the communist hordes. Then the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 and changed everything.
By the time I left the army, we were focused on being the world’s policemen, cleaning up after failed regimes and making all the warring factions play nicely with each other. As infantrymen, trained to attack and defend, we hated it, but hey we were soldiers right? And soldier do what their governments ask them to do, even though we knew whatever peace we were helping to bolster up was both fragile and superficial.
[pullquote align=”left”] Revolution is blood, guts, and madness.[/pullquote]I wear the Che shirt because, despite his politics, I liked the guy. The difference between a patriot and a professional soldier is one fights for love of country, while the other, fights because it’s his job. I fell into the ‘it’s my job category’. I didn’t really give a fuck about capitalism, communism, marxism, socialism or any other ism for that matter. In my view, one ism is much the same as the other when you get down to it – just a means for controlling the masses, telling them what they should think and how they should act. If I was born in Cuba, at that time, I would have been fighting for the communists. As it happens, I was born an American, so the red, white, and blue is who I signed up to fight for. So, you see, I don’t have a problem wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt. At least the guy had the balls to fight and die for what he believed in.
And now, all the world seems up for grabs, As Adbusters magazine pointed out:
[blockquote source=”Ad Busters”]Simultaneous uprisings are happening right now in the Ukraine, Thailand, Venezuela and Northern Africa … meanwhile dozens of latent protest movements are bubbling away in Turkey, Brazil, Russia, Egypt, Iran, Canada, China and the USA.[/blockquote]
There will be revolutions and rumours of revolution everywhere. Meanwhile the United States employs more mercenaries (excuse me, private security) than New York City police officers.
What good is a revolution if you don’t change from the inside out:
[blockquote source=”Charles Bukowski”]”You just can’t give a man a new government like a new hat and expect a different man inside the hat…He’s still going to have chickenshit proclivities. A lot of people swear that there is going to be a revolution but I’d hate to see all those people get killed for nothing. I mean, you can kill most people and you aren’t killing anything but a few good men, and then what you end up with is a government over the people, a new dictator in sheep’s clothing; the ideology was only to keep the guns going.”[/blockquote]
Like The Who said, let’s not let ourselves be fooled again and end up in a situation where the the new boss is the same as the old boss but in different clothing.
Here are three revolutionary tracks for your listening pleasure: