Townhall Opinion: There Is Going to Be a Revolution Either Way
by Michael Brown – Oct 26, 2020
Based on our current trajectory, it seems inevitable: there’s going to be a cultural revolution one way or another. We will either continue with our precarious shift to the left, thereby going over the edge, so to speak. Or we will recover our moral bearings and save our country from collapse. We will be woke or we will be awakened. But either way, there will be a revolution. The center can no longer hold.
In his article in the September edition of Commentary Magazine, titled “Yes, This Is a Revolution,” Abe Greenwald wrote, “The battle for the survival of the United States of America is upon us.”
Indeed, he noted, “If it wasn’t clear in late May and early June, it should be well understood by now that we are in the throes of a genuine revolution of the most extravagant sort. Like messianic revolutionaries of the past, the revolutionary mob of the 21st century is out to ‘remake the world.’ … This is, then, most fundamentally a revolution against the United States of America and all it stands for.”
Unfortunately, he added, “And yet, we seem to be treating the great unraveling as something less than a revolution.”
To do so would be to make a fatal mistake.
Twenty years ago, when the first edition of my book Revolution first came out, I tried to convince the readers that we were at a cultural crossroads, that we were living in revolutionary times. A major shift was coming, I argued, one that would be either heaven-sent or hell-bent. There was a void and discontent that needed to be filled. Which ideology would win the day?
Using my Revolution book as a case in point, I can illustrate how much clearer things have become. (The first edition was released September 2000, the second October 2020.)
Each chapter begins with striking opening quotes which then set the tone for the rest of the chapter. When rewriting the second chapter of the book, I replaced every single opening quote from the first edition with a set of entirely new quotes. The chapter now starts with this:
“This isn’t a protest—it’s a revolution!” — shouted through a megaphone during a Black Lives Matter protest in Elgin, Illinois, June 5, 2020.
“This revolution won’t be televised—it’s going to be streamed!”— shouted a protester during a Black Lives Matter rally on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, June 2020.
“This movement is about revolution, not reform.” — Alexandra Hart, a student at Tulane University, quoted in the Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2020.
We are in volatile times, analogous to 1861 or 1968, and anything that can happen often has. —Victor Davis Hanson, The Case for Trump, written in August 2019.
Such quotes could have been easily multiplied. We are living in revolutionary times.
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