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The revolution electric will raise no single banner. It will seek no single party to bring it about.

On the contrary, it will raise a thousand banners and be led by a million parties. Sometimes

these electric parties will be collectives of people who will launch self-sufficient Web sites.

 
 

 

We Sing the Revolution Electric: A Manifesto

By Amin Sharif

 

A new day has arrived in the world. It is a day that has pushed through the haze of industrial pollution--economic, cultural, social, and political. This day has wiped away the industrial smoke of an older time, an older age. Its sun rises in an electric blue sky of day and sets in an electric blue sky of night. It is pure. Self-generating. Powerful. All-pervasive.

It is a day that will make the dreams of the founders of this country come true. And the dreams of the founders of other countries manifest. The words of Jefferson will become electrified. As well as those of Marx and Mao. For, at the high noon of this day, all will become equal before the PC, before the modem, before the mouse. But like all revolutions and conspiracies, this electric insurgency will have to take fledgling steps. It will have to have time for the masses to acquire and distribute the tools of revolution. Hardware. Software. Wiring. Satellites. E-books. Pagers. Cell phones. All things electric are the harbingers of this change.

The industrial revolutionary forces of by-gone days stand baffled by the new electronic revolutionary forces. To them, this revolution appears to have the quality of anarchy and the stench of disorder. This is not how we did it in the past, the old revolutionaries of every strife rail. We were centralized. We were focused. We put power in the hands of all the people. That all of this is, for the most part, a bald face lie seems to be beyond their comprehension. The power was never in the hands of all the people. It was always in the hands of the few whether under the flag of capitalism or socialism, or any other "ism" that prevailed in the time of the hammer, the sickle, the mass production line.

The revolution electric will raise no single banner. It will seek no single party to bring it about. On the contrary, it will raise a thousand banners and be led by a million parties. Sometimes these electric parties will be collectives of people who will launch self-sufficient Web sites. African-Americans, Latino, and women groups of every possible racial and ethnic background will be ready partners in the electric revolution. At other times, the voice of the electric revolution will be singular and alone. This is the true democratic potential of the electric revolution. It will at evening let every voice be heard. And unlike the old revolutionary anthems sung by millions of the working and colonized classes, the electric revolution will have a million anthems sung by a million different voices. Ours will be a different way of being in the world!

The electric revolution, like all other revolutions, will be based on a new consciousness that will suit its needs. The first revolution was based on the most ancient kind of consciousness--that of sun and earth. Its state was communal. Its purpose was to organize humanity's survival in the face of awe-inspiring natural forces. Communal existence was best served when humanity lived in harmony with the natural resources that surrounded it.

The next revolution was agricultural. It was organized on a land-based consciousness. Small scale property ownership arose. And it gave birth to the feudal state of royal classes. When this revolution passed away the Industrial Age was born. Capitalist and socialist consciousness came out of a two-fold experience of wage labor and plant ownership. Nation states vying for resources created empires. And, empires, in turn, exploited racism, created colonialism. When empires crumbled, spheres of influence took their place. The Cold War delivered the Atomic Age by cesarean birth. The Age of Anti-Colonialism emerged. And the Post-Industrial Age began its infancy.

But what is next, if not the revolution electric and electronic consciousness?

Try and deny it. And it will be like trying to deny the dawn of tomorrow. Look around and see, it is already here. It is held in the hands of your children--electric games and personal computers are the entry sites into the revolution electric. It harvests their minds and hearts for the threshing floor of a different kind of cultural, political, social, economic, and even religious existence. It is ever tying them to a new, emerging, vital electronic consciousness.

And this is why the old progressive forces fear it. They cannot understand that the revolution electric is neither capitalist nor socialist, neither black nor white. It is both. And it is more. It will not be aborted by the hands of the old anti-progressive forces either. By the time they recognize what the revolution electric is about, it will be too late. The new electric Magna Carta, Communist Manifesto, and democratic constitution will already be written. By the time they stop to hear what we have to say, we will have already sung the revolution electric for a thousand days!

posted 2003

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Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars and creative writers from Africa and the Americas. Called one of two significant critical works on Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late 1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of Carter G. Woodson and Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an historical context for understanding 20th-century creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone writers, such as Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist, and scholar Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the significance of Negritude in Latin America. This collaborative text set the tone for later conferences in which writers and scholars worked together to promote, disseminate, and critique the literature of Spanish-speaking people of African descent. . . . Cited by a literary critic in 2004 as "the seminal study in the field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which most scholars in the field 'cut their teeth'."

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