The original Days of Rage were actions by the Weathermen faction of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in 1969 against
the War in Vietman and other USA disfunctionalities, many which are similar to today. They used slogans like “The Elections Dont Mean Shit” which, echoing Emma Goldman, you can hear in many places, both on the left and the right today. These actions were militant, including bombings, and not simple protests.
Recent “Days of Rage” now occur in the Middle East during the “Arab Spring” and one recently here in the US occured after the election of Donald Trump. You can also see the language in the propoganda pieces on the events in Charlottesville.
The rise in militancy is growing in the US also.
On the Keiser show
Max and Stacy discuss the new “The Rent is Too Damn High”
movement using militant methods in opposition to gentrification.
Clearly a natural response to the growing inequalites in the US.
The Weathermen also had a slogan “Bring the War Home”
which gives me an eerie feeling when put into the context of the interpretation of McMeeken in his recent The Russian Revolution. He says that the Bolsheviks were an anti-war movement which succeeded partially due to the Russians’ WWI war fatigue. The Bolsheviks then brought their military home and unleashed it on its citizenry. He also debunks the meme that the revolution was in any way organic, supported by the proletariate, and that it was essentially accomplished by a very small number of people, few of them russians.
Upon reading this book, I discovered this fascinating character Soso Djugashvili, later known as Joseph Stalin. Upon reading the book
Young Stalin, with new information from the Georgian archives, evidently Soso was a published poet at age 17, a fine voice in the choir, an avid reader throughout his life. After 6 years in the Tiflis seminary, well known for producing athiests, he was kicked out just before attaining priesthood.
The reason that I am discussing Soso here is that, after leaving the seminary, he needed a job and became a weatherman. That was when he went from a charismatic poet, singer, priest, Georgian knight
to arsonist, assassin, bank robber, terrorist, extortionist, escape artist, and revolutionary.
PS: there is a classic scene in the Steve McQueen movie Junior Bonner, where he gets into a fist fight with his brother at a local bar. The whole place erupts into a brawl and the band plays on. I also remember when I was young that I was told that I was a Caucasian and could never understand where that came from. Upon reading about Stalins youth, one finds that in the town of Gori, where he grew up, they had a tradition that during religious holidays the town would erupt into a town-wide brawl. Almost makes me proud to be a Caucasian.