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Michael Hardt Discusses Revolution, Recalls Being Told to Start an Armed Revolution in El Salvador

In this interview from the documentary “The Examined Life,” Michael Hardt discusses revolution while rowing through Central Park’s lake. Hardt recalls he and other radicals going to Latin America in the 1980s to support the ongoing revolutions. Hardt tells of his travels in El Salvador during the civil war, and being told

We’re really grateful for these North American comrades who come to help, but what would really be best for us is if you all would go home and make revolution in the US.

When asked how, his friend asked if the US had mountains. When Hardt replied in the affirmative, his friend responded: “It’s easy. You go to the mountains, you start an armed cell, you start a revolution.”

Hardt continues by discussing the contemporary notions of revolution, democracy and human nature. Watch below.

we’re really greatful for these north american comrades who come to help, but what woudl really be best for us is if you all would go home and make revolution in the US..that would be better, I don’t think any of these north americans were particularly helpful in Nicaragua and El Salvador

It’s easy, you go to mountains, you start an armed cell, you start a revolution