NEO-Vltchek: Why is the Ongoing American ‘Revolution’ Bound to Fail?

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Have historic haters become a protected class in America?

By Andre Vltchek for VT

Observed from outer space, the United States is in a revolutionary turmoil. Fires are burning, thousands of people are confronting police and other security forces. There are barricades, banners, posters, and there is rage.

Rage is well justified. Grievances run deep, through the veins of a confused and socially insecure population, in both cities and the countryside. Minorities feel and actually are oppressed. Indeed they have been disgracefully oppressed, since the birth of the country, over two centuries ago (see my latest report carried by this magazine).

There are some correct words uttered and written; many appropriate sentiments are expressed.

And yet, and yet… It looks like a revolution, it feels like a revolution, but it is not a revolution. It definitely is not! Why?

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An expert on Communist China, a man who spent many years living and writing books about the most populous country on Earth, Jeff Brown, recently voiced something that immediately caught my attention. He described, accurately, on his China Rising Radio Sinoland, what has been taking place in his native country, United States:

Protests in the USA, land of Marlboro Man will come to nothing because there is no solidarity, no vision, nor guiding ideology to unite the people in the common struggle against the 1%. Just ask the Black Panthers and Mao Zedong.” 

This is precisely when ‘guiding ideology’ is desperately needed! But it is nowhere to be found.

For years and decades, the US (and European) elites and their mass media, as well as their educational plus ‘entertainment’ outlets, have been systematically de-politicizing the brains of their citizens. Pornography, consumerism, and sitcoms instead of deep, philosophical books and films. Massive – often booze and sex-oriented – travel, instead of roaming the world in search of knowledge, answers, while building bridges between different cultures (even between those of victims and victimizers).

Results are increasingly evident.

Citizens in the Western countries were told that the ideologies, particularly the left ones, became “something that belongs to the past,” “something heavy,” unattractive, and definitely not ‘cool.’ Western masses accepted it easily, without realizing that without the left-wing ideologies, there can be no change, no revolution, and no organized opposition to the regime, which has been plundering the world for several hundreds of years.

They were told that Democrats are representing left-wing, and Republicans, right-wing. Deep inside, many felt it is rubbish. There is only one right-wing political party in the US – Democrat-Republican one. But it was better for the great majority just to ignore its own instincts and swim with the flow.

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It went so far that most of the people in North America and Europe reached the point when they were not even able to commit themselves to almost anything, anymore, from the Communist movements to marriages and relationships. I recently described this occurrence in my book “Revolutionary Optimism, Western Nihilism.”

There are many explanations for this. One of them: regime created society built on extreme individualism, selfishness, and shallow perception of the world. To organize, to commit, actually requires at least some discipline, effort, and definitely great dedicated effort to learn (about the world, a person, or a movement) and to work hard for a better world. It is not easy to become a revolutionary when one is positioned on a couch, or a gym, or while banging for hours every day into a smartphone.

The results are sad. Anarchism, consisting of countless fragmented approaches, is increasingly popular, but it will definitely not change the country.

When leaders of the ‘revolutionary commune’ in Seattle were approached by sympathetic journalists and asked about their goals, they could not answer. These were, undoubtfully, people with good intentions, outraged by racism, and by the killing of innocent people. But do they have plans, strategy, an organization to overthrow the system which is literally choking billions of lives on all continents? Definitely not!

On June 11, 2020, RT filed a report about the situation in Seattle:

“A few different organizations have different demands, and no one speaks for everyone, but everyone’s trying to get together,” Simone clarified, implying that the much-discussed list of “demands” that have circulated for the past few days don’t represent the wishes of the entire community. However, there are a few lines of commonality running through the settlement.

“Everyone’s upset. We all came here in unity, just over the fact that cops need accountability,” he said, declaring that his decision to join the demonstration was about “trying to send a message and get accountability held.”

“Now we’re here – let’s get the dialogue going,” Simone continued, unwilling to commit to taking over other precincts, expanding the Zone, or any of the ambitious demands made by others in the group.”

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Russian Bolsheviks had it clear, and the same could be said about their followers. Before the 1917 Great October Socialist Revolution, they spent years and decades educating people all over their vast country. Some of the greatest thinkers and writers, including novelist Maxim Gorky and poet Vladimir Mayakovski, were participating in the “project.” Even simple peasants were easily grasping the reality of their dismal existence while getting inspired by some of the greatest minds of their nation. If not for the Cold War and West’s brutal interference, the Soviet Union would survive and thrive until this day.

The same could be said about the great revolutionary struggles of China, Vietnam, Laos, Cuba, Venezuela, where hundreds of millions of tremendous works of philosophy, fiction and poetry have been distributed, for free, to both peasants and workers, who easily understood and got inspired by them. In China, in the 1930s, the entire so-called “Shanghai School of Cinema” was born, a true socialist-realism movement that helped to educate the Chinese public about the state in which it was forced to exist.

Big and successful revolutions were constructed and then supported by the educated urban and rural poor, who were awaken and consequently outraged by their position in the society.

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Unfortunately, the rebellion in the United States is strategically shallow. There are no great leaders, no cultural figures leading it, no extraordinary educators.

Without any doubt, there are clear reasons for rage and resistance. Racism is one tremendous one.

And, there are other ones: US society, in general, is tired as it is depressed. As it is confused. The country is robbing, literally looting the entire Planet. It tortures people in various countries. Rainforests are burning in Indonesia, Brazil, and Congo to satisfy demands for more palm oil and other raw materials. US citizens are consuming as no other nation under the sun does. They entertain themselves, often living frivolous, empty lives. And yet, almost no one seems to be happy there; no one satisfied.

People know something went essentially wrong, but they are not sure precisely what it is. Or, who should really be blamed?

There is an acute lack of solidarity. And everything is happening impromptu.

Are the ‘members of the majority’ in the US truly kneeling because they are in unison with the oppressed minorities and the brutalized non-Western world? Or are they “trying to save their own skin,” and at the end, keep the status quo intact, as has happened in Australia and their basically insincere “We Are Sorry!” 2008 movement?

There no strong “front,” there is no revolutionary program.

It appears that the country is not ready, not prepared, for a huge job of re-defining itself.

Insecurity is due to the lack of free medical care, education, and subsidized housing. Most of the people are in debt. Depression is, at least partially, due to overconsumption of intellectual and emotional junk. There is plenty of fundamentalist religions, but almost no discussion about how to improve life in this world.

Segregated, atomized, and otherwise, fragmented society seems to be unable to give birth to a truly compassionate, egalitarian national project.

Many US citizens see themselves as “victims.” Ethnic minorities definitely are. Are the others, too? Who is the victim, and who is the perpetrator? On which side of the scales sits a regular middle-class family, compliant and, by global comparison, heavily indulged in overconsumption? So far, there is no open discussion on this topic. In fact, it is being avoided by all means.

There seems to be at least some consensus that 1% of the richest is to blame, as well as the entire corporate and political system, and also banks. But what about the majority; those individuals who keep voting the system, those who are making sure to ignore imperialism, racism, inequality?

Many questions should be asked, particularly now, but they are not. The very uncomfortable questions they are.

But without asking them, without searching for honest answers, there is no way forward, and no true revolution possible.

The neo-liberal system created entire nations that cannot think independently and creatively. US is definitely one of them. People were bombarded with propaganda slogans that they are free, enjoying liberties. But when the day to act arrived, there has been nothing substantial in terms of new, revolutionary ideas. Just one enormous void. Nothing that could inspire the nation and the world.

The outrage over the brutal police killing propelled millions of people to the streets. The mood has been truly rebellious, revolutionary, geared for big changes.

But then, nothing!

Revolution is being postponed. Opportunities lost. Postpone by how many years?

The truth is – there are no shortcuts. Those who sincerely want to change the United States will have to follow the revolutionary formula from other countries. The formula is mainly based on education, knowledge, and determined, selfless work for the country and the world, called “internationalism.”

Unless the US comes up with an absolutely new strategy, formula, but right now, frankly, it seems to be extremely far from coming up with it!


[First published by NEO – New Eastern Outlook – a journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences]

Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Six of his latest books are “New Capital of Indonesia”, “China Belt and Road Initiative”,China and Ecological Civilization” with John B. Cobb, Jr., “Revolutionary Optimism, Western Nihilism”, a revolutionary novel “Aurora” and a bestselling work of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire”. View his other books here. Watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky “On Western Terrorism”. Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and Latin America, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website, his Twitter and his Patreon.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Once the Deep State renders the solid majority of the population destitute, what will become of the world’s greatest superpower? The indispensable nation, that shining beacon of freedom and democracy and embodiment of the can-do spirit with liberty and justice for all? On the ground, there are sure to be lots of dumpsters on fire, lots of shops looted, boarded up and out of business, various sections of downtown’s becoming police no-go zones (if police are still to be found anywhere) presided over by heavily armed thugs. After all the statues of white imperialist exploiters and oppressors of yore are toppled and all the white people forced to kneel before some very nice people who hail from the ghetto, there is sure to come a moment (at least for those who at that point are still capable of some semblance of rational thought) to ask an obvious question: What, if anything, comes next? Will America be taken over by Israel, clearly it already has!
    DIVIDE ❌ CONQUER
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  2. Ya sure illegal minorities are illegally entering the USA everyday, just to be oppressed… what a crock of shit! As for the Chi-Coms there diffently a bunch of racist, look what there doing to there minorities Uyghurs. And since the Bolsheviks in the US like Jacob Javits & company changed the immigration act in 1965, we have all these problems now!

    • What?

      #OpenBorders* #MadeAmericaGreat.

      (#MAGA!)

      * For White/Europeans, WHILE Chinese were banned for most of the 20th century and Hispanic US CITIZENS were terrorized and illegally deported.
      Euro snowflakes called Ellis “Heartbreak Island” for the low acceptance rate of…
      98%!
      And long processing times of… 4 hours!

      These noncitizens were encouraged to vote and could even hold office #WhenAmericaWasGreat.

      Until a “Great President” signed to end noncitizen voting…

      Eisenhower? Nixon? Reagan? Bush?…

      No, Globalist Bill Clinton!

    • USMC, you have a good point about the Bolsheviks. Federal Reserve Act America would not have saved the Soviets with Lend-Lease Act military aid or made General George Patton have an “accident” when he planned to finish the war against the Soviets if they were legit opposition to the banksters.

      However, the US is a major factor of destroying its immigrants’ original countries. USMC Major General Smedley Butler said he wrecked “half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street,” and he said this in 1935. The US has also been part of radicalizing Chinese Uighurs. Many have joined the Turkistan Islamic Party, one of the “moderate” terrorist groups afflicting Syria.

  3. What a GREAT picture.
    TWO WHITE PEOPLE KICKING THEMSELVES BLACK.
    There is no limit to idiocy in this world.

    As for revolution in America, at the moment that two people with integrity get together to create a movement, it takes only two more for it to be hijacked into oblivion.

    But for all the talk about patriotism and heroism and all the arms per capita, Americans will not start a revolution. For all the crowing about freedom, all the talk about hate of, and resistance against, authority, they just seem unable to function without it.

    Anybody who still believes that America liberated itself from the most powerful empire in the world (in those days) has not been paying attention to the power structure which came about afterwards.

    Britain has NEVER left territory without having a firm grip on the “independent ” new “democratic” power structure to take their place.

    Just look at the financial structure governing the US and who/what it pays tribute to.

    With a few exceptions, they talk the talk, but certinly don’t walk the walk. They are a sorry lot in my opinion.

    No Solzhenitsyn there!

    • True. The (1st) American Revolution had some serious ideological support for systems better than the bankster oligarchs’ systems, but the “British” Empire’s influences and subversions never left, eventually taking over again. Even President Jefferson said that because of “bold and bankrupt adventurers and bankers… private fortunes are up and down at the will of the worst of our citizens.”

  4. False anti-globalism has been installed here, much like the labor unions bad, police unions good, ideology that has left us precisely where we are. Things that do not make any sense are somehow woven into US consciousness as if it was normal. There is nothing more globalist than christianity, and there is nothing more socialist than the benefits program they receive here. The religious zealotry has produced our current state. It blends with police and military and politics. The beginning of the revolution will be when we tax them. Our big win this time, was some people have promised not to choke us so much. sometimes

    • Nothing more Socialist than benefits to Mammon. Which Trump’s Bible Belt Base worships/serves.

      “Jesus” got violent with bankers; now banks are allowed to profit in creating #ALLTheMoneyInTheWorld.

      They looted $160B circa 1990, but William K Black famously “Jailed A Thousand Bankers”.

      In 2008, they caused a global meltdown and were given record profits.

      Now USA pays Mammon $7 trillion tribute, while Trumptard* “Christians” protest not for a Record People Bailout, but the right to spread a pandemic plague.

      *Pronounced “turd” like dotard.

  5. The prime reason for the success of the ‘October Revolution’ was the ongoing WW1, that wasn’t a Revolution started, and guided, maintained by the People of Russia, it was, like Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote; “You must understand. The leading Bolsheviks who took over Russia were not Russians. They hated Russians. They hated Christians. Driven by ethnic hatred they tortured and slaughtered millions of Russians without a shred of human remorse. The October Revolution was not what you call in America the, “Russian Revolution.” It was an invasion and conquest over the Russian people. More of my countrymen suffered horrific crimes at their bloodstained hands than any people or nation ever suffered in the entirety of human history. It cannot be overstated. Bolshevism committed the greatest human slaughter of all time. The fact that most of the world is ignorant and uncaring about this enormous crime is proof that the global media is in the hands of the perpetrators!” TRUTH will set You Free!!

    • Not even close.

      You could argue FASTEST “slaughter”, but not worst.

      Native Americans are 2% population in their US homeland.

      There’s almost as many people of Russian descent in USA as Native Americans!

      Even fudging Russia population down to 125 million (1897 census) circa 1914 and using high estimate of 12 million deaths, gets nowhere close.

      Arguing Native American replacement doesn’t work either. With that fudged low Russia population and 1.9 billion world population in 1917, it would take at least 3½ Earth’s worth of others all flooding Russia to replace them to 2%.

    • Imre we will have to reconsider your immigration status. Thank you for adding a little realism to this paeon to mass murder. The Bolshevik Soviet Union? Chairman Mao’s China? Cuba? Try running that one in Miami see how long you live. Andre do you even know any Americans who are not academics? Let me enlighten you Andre because I do know some Russians that are not academics. This from your own intelligence people: “Our network has identified the organizers of most of these “rallies” as Jewish feminists in public education institutions.” Everyone of these so said revolutions that you are so deludedly praising were sponsored by the very oligarchy that sits enthroned on the pinnacle of synarchy, literally feeding on the life blood of their people since the time of Golbeki Tepi. I notice you carefully avoid mentioning the only real revolution this world has ever seen, you know the one that took the entire world to quell. Let me tell you and your masters something. When the leaders of this revolution do emerge from the shadows you will quiver in your loafers like you have seen a ghost. Until then stick to Indonesia, you know less than nothing about Americans…