The Revolutionary Mentality is the Confusion of our Time

Che Guevara

A very nice article that details the folly of the revolutionary mindset, the fact that it considers the future to be a fixed conclusion while the past and the present are fluid.

Three “inversions” characterize the revolutionary mentality (Nazism, Communism, feminism, homosexualism et.al.) writes philosopher Olavo de Carvalho regardless of their putative values or whether they use peaceful or violent means.

They are:

  1. Inversion of Perception of TimeThe utopic future is fixed, everything before it is fluid. The past can be reinterpreted as many times as necessary to justify the progress toward that fixed future. The present can be shaped at will to bring that future. Because the past and present are seen as naturally fluid, there is no sense in the concept of reality itself resisting the coming of this inevitable progress. Any resistance can only come from other ignorant or evil wills who oppose this natural fluidity.
  2. Inversion of MoralityBecause the fixed future is the sum of all good, anything done to achieve it is equally good; the “tribunal of history” would absolve all “crimes” committed by the revolutionary who helped bring about that future, after all, in hindsight, when that future arrives, those actions will not be seen as crimes at all. The revolutionary is thus rendered incapable of feeling guilty for whatever lie, deceit, theft, or even murder he/she commits. They are all virtuous acts, because in his heart they bring about the sum of all good.
  3. Inversion of Subject-Object

    Because that future is fixed and somehow inevitable, any person who is killed in individual murders, terrorist acts or even genocides, is not the victim, but the culprit. They were opposing the inevitable coming of the fixed future that is the sum of all good. They put themselves in front of the unstoppable train of history.They are not only victims, they are *guilty* of opposing the revolution.

Read more at the American Orthodox Institute.

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  1. ‘any person who is killed in individual murders, terrorist acts or even genocides, is not the victim, but the culprit. They were opposing the inevitable coming of the fixed future that is the sum of all good.’

    I hope the liberals remember this when the DOTR comes then they’ll realise they have only themselves to blame for standing athwart reality and yelling, ‘stop!’.

    Or is that revolutionary thinking?

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    • I don’t think many of these liberals will be able to put two-and-two together when the DOTR comes. (And by ‘DOTR’, does that mean ‘Defenders of the Revolution’?)

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      • Day of the Rope

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      • Ah, that changes the meaning somewhat. Taken out by their opponents rather than by the people whom they had formerly protected from our side.

        If I understand your original meaning correctly, then they will never blame themselves for their foolish ideologies. That is a failing unique to the conservatives.

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