Who could have predicted the revolutionary spirit of 2011? From the Middle East to Wall Street, a fervor has swept the globe. Yet for all of the West’s belief in democracy, we placidly fight the banks by sleeping on the streets. We bemoan students laced with pepper spray as though police brutality were something new; I suppose, when it happens to white people it’s considered headline news. But reality is something different. Revolution is a violent beast. As Huey P. Newton notably said, “The first lesson a revolutionary must learn is that he is a doomed man.”
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