I see so much militant posturing on tumblr, and it angers me. “This war has two sides,” “Let’s be honest; lets make war,” “The class war is coming.” You know what? I call bullshit.
Not one person on tumblr talking this nonsense has ever shot someone, been shot, starved in a culvert because they got separated from their guerrilla unit, shit their pants because the mortars falling around them are getting closer, been water boarded, or faced the terror of putting a bullet through another scared, young soldier. You want to talk about war because it makes you look tough, but it also does something else. it removes the seriousness from the term. This is why it seems so trite when we talk about revolution - because kids make it look like something that is more about cool imagery than the hard, risky, deadly business of actually getting it done.
All I ask from people is honesty, and we all know that if the honest truth is if you plan on taking up arms, you aren’t going to be talking about it on the fucking internet. There is a value to sharing our history, to discussing revolution, to speaking with zeal- but all of this can be done without diminishing the reality of war, of revolution, and our shared struggles.
Most of the people you will meet in life who talk a good game will be the biggest cowards when it comes to fighting. The kids on tumblr who post the most images of burning cop cars are going to be the same ones talking to the cops when shit goes down. I’ve seen this over and over again. The real revolutionaries, the ones who want to fight rather than draw attention to themselves, just quietly get the job done.
In closing, I want to say that one of the reasons this burns me so bad is because these were the mistakes I made when I was younger too, the mistakes that put me on the FBI radar and eventually in prison. I want to see some progress before I die, I want to believe that we still have a chance to fight and win. Every time I see commentary on here about “making total destroy” from someone who won’t even “make total breakfast” it pisses me off beyond measure. Stop your posturing. If you want to be down, show us, don’t tell us.