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January 15, 2008

New TomDispatch


Revolution of the Snails
Encounters with the Zapatistas

By Rebecca Solnit

I grew up listening to vinyl records, dense spirals of information that we played at 33-1/3 revolutions per minute. The original use of the word revolution was in this sense -- of something coming round or turning round, the revolution of the heavenly bodies, for example. It's interesting to think that just as the word radical comes from the Latin word for "roots" and meant going to the root of a problem, so revolution originally means to rotate, to return, or to cycle, something those who live according to the agricultural cycles of the year know well...

We live in revolutionary times, but the revolution we are living through is a slow turning around from one set of beliefs and practices toward another, a turn so slow that most people fail to observe our society revolving -- or rebelling. The true revolutionary needs to be as patient as a snail.

The rest.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at January 15, 2008 10:24 PM

i have really admired the spirit of the Zapatistas since i heard of them. thanks for the link!

Posted by: almostinfamous at January 16, 2008 06:48 AM

"'"The signs of war on the horizon are clear. War, like fear, also has a smell. And now we are starting to breathe its fetid odor in our lands.'" Marcos

"On the fifty-six permanent military bases that the Mexican state runs on indigenous land in Chiapas, there has been a marked increase in activity. Weapons and equipment are being dramatically upgraded, new battalions are moving in, including special forces--all signs of escalation."

Zapatista Code Red by Naomi Klein, The Nation, Dec 20, 2007

Another corrupt, failing state fecklessly asserts vestigial sovereignty.

Posted by: Pvt. Keepout at January 16, 2008 10:00 AM

At The Institution for The Evolution of Revolution everything turns on a dime. One MUST be prepared.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at January 16, 2008 10:48 AM