What do we do next? The question for revolutionaries in North America is to figure out how to activate the anaesthetized. But why are we anaesthetized?
There is a realization, at least to some extent, that we are the ones responsible for the global ills; the reification of individualism and the exporting of capitalism and 'democracy,' yet the vast majority of people are too 'comfortable' to do anything more than nod their head when presented with the evidence.
Why is this? In short, most people don’t feel enough pain on a personal level to motivate them to take risks. If this is so, do we need revolution? Yes, because we are living within a lie, and this cannot be healthy.
Capitalism's been giving itself some extremely bad press lately. Finance capital's approval ratings (if any were taken on a regular basis) have to be at as low a level as at any other time in the last hundred years.
Even the mainstream business press seems at a loss to justify the new mantra of austerity in any way that makes sense. The 'shock doctrine' as applied to the current historical moment has meant yet another tired strategy of attacking the welfare state and privatizing everything, while unemployment skyrockets and life becomes more tenuous for everyone, even in the richer northern states (everyone but the 1 per cent, of course).