Industrial Society and Its Future
" 11. To summarize, the expected pattern for a revolution against the
technological system will be something like the following:
A. A small movement, a cohesive cadre of committed, hard-core
revolutionaries, will build its internal strength by developing its own organization and discipline. This movement should have branches in several
of the world’s most important nations or groups of nations; say, the United
States, China, Western Europe, and one or more of Russia, Latin America,
and India. In each country, the movement will prepare the way for revolution by disseminating ideas-ideas that will be chosen for their soundness
and not for their popularity. The movement will take pains to demonstrate
the most uncompromising revolutionary integrity, and will strive to prove
itself the most effective of all the factions opposed to the existing system.
B. A large minority of the general population will recognize that
the revolutionaries’ ideas have some merit. But this minority will reject the
revolutionaries’ solutions, if only through reluctance to change familiar ways
of living or as a result of cowardice or apathy.
C. Eventually there will arrive a crisis, or a failure of the system
serious enough to enable the revolutionaries to create a crisis, in which it
will no longer be possible to carry on with familiar ways of living, and in
which the system’s ability to provide for people’s physical and psychological needs will be impaired to such an extent that most people will lose
all respect for and all confidence in the existing social order, while many
individuals will become desperate or angry. Their desperation and anger
will soon degenerate into despair and apathy-unless the revolutionaries
are able to step in at that point and inspire them with a sense of purpose,
organize them, and channel their fear, desperation, and anger into practical
action. Because these people will be desperate or angry and because they will
have been energized by the revolutionaries, the risk to themselves, however
great it may be, will not deter them from striving to bring down the system.
D. Even so, the revolutionary movement will probably be able to gain
the active support only of some fairly small minority of the population. But
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the great majority will be either hopeless and apathetic or else motivated
merely to save their own skins, so they will not act to defend the system.
E. The established authorities meanwhile will be disoriented, frightened, or discouraged, and therefore incapable of organizing an effective
defense. Consequently, power will be in the hands of the revolutionaries.
F. By the time revolutionaries have taken power in one nation-for
example, the United States-globalization will have proceeded even farther
than it has today, and nations will be even more interdependent than they
are now.73 Consequently, when revolutionaries have brought the technological system to an abrupt halt in the United States, the economy of the entire
world will be severely disrupted and the acute crisis that results will give
the anti-tech revolutionaries of all nations the opportunity that they need.
G. It is extremely important to realize that when the moment far
decisive action arrives (as at C, above) the revolutionaries must recognize it, and
then must press forward without any hesitation, vacillation, doubts, or scruples to
the achievement of their ultimate goal. Hesitation or vacillation would throw
the movement into disarray and would confuse and discourage its members.
(We will return to this point in a moment.) "
- The technophiles are taking us all on an utterly
reckless ride into the unknown. Many people understand
something of what technological progress is doing to us
yet take a passive attitude toward it because they think
it is inevitable. But we (FC) don’t think it is inevitable.
We think it can be stopped, and we will give here some
indications of how to go about stopping it.