Jason van Tol, Myocum
With regard to Friday’s Climate Strike, a view from history:
‘The leaders of the ruling faction, who are isolating themselves to an ever-greater extent, prove incapable of estimating the situation as a whole, forseeing the future and issuing broad directives… The[ir] policy becomes pettifogging or tail-endist.
Attempts on anyone’s part to generalise the difficulties, grasp their connection, and look ahead into the future, arouse alarm in the conservative bureaucratic mind and call forth accusations of factionalism.
The more difficulties in economy and politics the regime accumulates, the more intolerant it becomes.’ And so, ‘The most indubitable feature of a revolution is the direct interference of the masses in historic events. In ordinary times the state… elevates itself above the nation and history is made by specialists in that line of business, kings, ministers, bureaucrats, parliamentarians, journalists. But at these crucial moments when the old order becomes no longer endurable to the masses, they break over the barriers excluding them from the political arena, sweep aside their traditional representatives, and create by their own interference the initial groundwork for a new regime’. (Trotsky, 1927; 1932)