“The revolution will not be televised”— Gil Scott Heron
While Scott-Heron’s immortalized words were about the tumultuous 60′s and whatever it was that the New Left hoped to accomplish, his words are applicable today, as well. There are revolutions underway everywhere right now, in vastly different areas of life. While we’ve seen some of the “loud” revolutions, if you will, in the Occupy movement and Tea Party movement in America, or the uprisings throughout the Middle East and, more recently, in South America and Turkey, there are millions more who are taking a quieter approach to being the change they want to see in this world. Below, I attempt to outline a few of the more interesting “silent revolutions” of our times.
A Money Revolution
There are various examples of this silent revolution taking place all around us. For the first time in a hundred years or more, people are discovering and learning how to take advantage of a currency outside of the State, through BitCoin and it’s ever developing competitors, such as LiteCoin etc. A decentralized money, free from the control (at least for now) of any central state, the possibilities of BitCoin seem endless at this very moment. As someone who mines BitCoins and is getting involved with them in other ways, I happily admit there’s a strange, bubbling feeling that comes from watching all those digits slowly pile up to something useful, something valuable.
It should also be noted that the explosion of the various cryptocurrency’s popularity is proof of the Austrian school’s thoughts on State involvement in money. Here in America, we’re at the endgame of the interventionist and inflationary policies that have ruled since the beginning of the early 20th century. The dollar is failing, and it’s failing fast, and those alleged “smart people” in charge of our money policy still keep talking about printing more of it.
But again, a silent revolution, conducted through the Internet and across the world on a daily basis, will hopefully be the answer when everything finally does tank.
The Food Revolution
Another silent revolution is slowly gaining steam throughout America and the rest of the world, and it’s one concerning food. While a large aspect of this revolution is a revolt against Monsanto and it’s genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), there’s also a large contingency of this movement that is about self-sufficiency and, to borrow an anarcho-capitalist term, agorism.
For those unfamiliar with agorism, it’s related to the idea of counter-economics, the theory that one of the best ways to defeat the State is to participate in economic circles outside of its control. The food revolution arguably does that in a number of ways, from taking consumers out of the super chain stores and fast food joints, to also allowing them to privately trade freely on an individual basis.
And for me, the idea that really struck me about the food revolution was the simple point of having it pointed out that, in America especially, so much usable land is left useless for an aesthetic known as a “lawn.” For those who complain about the Welfare State and the dependency it typically engenders, the food revolution is one that should be on your radar. Because, when you get right down to it, one of the best solutions for solving hunger in our communities is to be able to produce the food we need at the local level, to help those in need.
(If this is something you find interesting, like I do, the Facebook page attributed for the photo above is a great place to start, as is www.realfarmacy.com)
The Knowledge Revolution
I have, as my great pleasure right now, the relatively frequent occurrence of being introduced to all sorts of new authors who loved liberty and freedom, and see the truth that the best chance for humanity to live in those states of beings is through free markets. From Ludwig von Mises (pictured above, obviously), to Murray Rothbard, to Jeffrey Tucker and Hans Herman-Hoppe, some of the brightest minds in modern history were in love with, or are in love with, liberty, and either left us, or continue to build upon, an amazing legacy of liberty.
And, thankfully enough, the silent revolution of liberty and economic knowledge is available to anyone willing to seek it out. From Mises.org and it’s vast collection of free works in .pdf and E-Publication format, to Tucker’s lfb.org (Lassiez-Faire Books) to the Foundation for Economic Education (fee.org), there’s no doubt that a silent intellectual revolution has been taking place for some time now. As (I think both) Rothbard and Hoppe have pointed out, modern society has had a deep-seated need for an intellectual class outside of the one that is the State’s lapdog. And thanks to the Internet and the intellectual legacy left behind by von Mises and beyond, this silent revolution is happening and is certainly having an effect.
These are just a few of the “unseen” revolutions taking place in our day and time, silent revolutions that aim at human liberty and freedom. And in each instance, these revolutions aren’t made up of people who consider themselves vanguardists and who feel the need to take to the street and smash stuff. Instead, these are all silent revolutions, ones in which people (knowingly or not) are turning their back on the failed idea that is the State, and remembering that people, when left to their own devices, often figure stuff out quite well, and usually to the betterment of all.
What a cool time to be hanging out, eh?