"The working class and oppressed need to think like a ruling class if they are to become one - if you get feels over the idea of oppressing the oppressor, then you're in the wrong sort of politics, sorry."
- Samuel Leos Edwards (via Facebook)
Appreciating the attempt at a reality check, but I have a completely different view on this.
No, we do not need to think like a ruling class. Our thinking must be fundamentally different from the ruling class in the sense that our larger objective is not to dominate an opponent, but to HEAL people and the earth from thousands of years of class warfare, and hundreds of years of industrial assault.
If we are serious about healing from this intergenerational trauma, how can we be dismissive of the "feels" (including sad ones) that may arise out of controlling, containing, or killing other people, in order to protect revolutionary gains? (And if your answer is that all oppressed people experience only unadulterated joy and satisfaction, for the rest of their lives, at turning the tables and oppressing the enemy, you sound naive to me.)
We don't have to ignore or wish away the historical realities of revolutionary violence, but I'm sick of glorifying them in revenge fantasies about dominating the bourgeoisie. That's one half of the story AT BEST. What's our plan for healing the trans-generational psychic damage of civil and revolutionary war? Where's the scientific-socialist attention to that?
To think like a liberatory class, a class bent on the destruction of class society altogether, is to adopt a fundamentally different mentality and approach than that of the historically ruling classes. It is to care about and attend to social well-being in complex, holistic, and sophisticated ways. Not to pretend that people should lose their feels in order to fit into your stupid macho marxist warrior trope.