Chris Hedges coauthor of Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt has written a feisty manifesto on the nature and need for “professional revolutionists”—people who live and die for the cause of revolution. He reminds people—sold out to the structures of power—that only a few have the courage to be a true revolutionary.
‘Plato referred to professional revolutionists as his philosophers. John Calvin called them his saints. Machiavelli called them his Republican Conspirators. Lenin labeled them his Vanguard. All revolutionary upheavals are built by these entities.’
Hedges’ view that revolutionists have to be ‘professional’ is open to debate, for it makes it appear only the privileged—call them the Vanguard or philosophers—can develop the tools of revolution. What about anarchists then, we wonder.
If you have not already got a copy of this Pulitzer-winning author’s Days of Destruction, Day of Revolt, with graphic reportage by Joe Sacco, click here to buy. Hedges and Sacco walk us through the sacrifice zones of the United States of America—areas that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit, progress, and technological advancement.