Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
Not in the USA…although, as may be seen in recent events, though they may not be termed as revolutions strictly so, the demonstrations and uprisings with concomitant loss of life illustrate that no matter how many times despotism takes root in any region over long periods of time, eventually the population becomes incited to struggle. This is true over all of recorded human history on all continents save our ignorance of Australia.
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” -Thomas Jefferson
Some think Jefferson was unstable- since this remark is discomfiting; however, the urge to control and manipulate is one of the more reptilian and base human drives, and certain individuals think they are just the persons to do that. So yes, revolution, or strictly speaking uprisings, will always follow suppression; because other base urges are to be left alone to seek methods of survival, and to pursue happiness.
In the only country in history to outlaw slavery, the Grand Experiment, unique in history with guaranteed freedom of the citizenry; but where Big Government aficionados now labor incessantly to eliminate many of the rights guaranteed by the instrument that created that country, a large minority of the population considers the possibility of an uprising more near than ever before.
What form would an American uprising take?
No one with foresight can imagine a successful uprising using the very firearms the political elite are so anxious to remove from the hands of the people; nonetheless, firearms purchasing has skyrocketed since the political bum’s rush toward despotism has been perceived. Quite certainly, much of the true impetus for this behavior lies not with fear of intruders (though that reason is offered by sales people as an enticement to acquire a gun) but with the unspoken fear, literally so because of the fear itself, of the government.
In 1914, John Basil Barnhill said, “Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.” This is often attributed to Jefferson also, and he did say something similar:
“Some are whigs, liberals, democrats, call them what you please. Others are tories, serviles, aristocrats, &c. The latter fear the people, and wish to transfer all power to the higher classes of society; the former consider the people as the safest depository of power in the last resort; they cherish them therefore, and wish to leave in them all the powers to the exercise of which they are competent.”
This he wrote about a year before he died. No matter the names used; he was pointing out that some politicians like to garner power because they think they know better, and some know (and care) that elitism is inherently unsafe.
…to the exercise of which they are competent seems to equivocate on the intention to create self-government but there is no suggestion that idiots who run for office know better than idiots who don’t.
It looks like the types that ‘wish to transfer all power to the higher classes of society’ are currently ascendant; a graph of the push in that direction probably looks like a hockey stick (to steal an image from the elite). Never before have the intentions of the founders been so blatantly stomped down.
From a non-violent perspective, an uprising in this country would be a systemic defunding of government.
It would mean millions of small independent businesses not paying withholding taxes; and since the government has authorized itself to confiscate money it wants from the citizens, banking must be avoided in order to make it happen.
A daunting prospect? Totally; but not yet impossible, although all trends are toward making that scenario more unrealistic; some would say it’s already too late for that. If so, and if traditional armed rebellion is out of the question because the government is so much better armed than the people (if drones can be dispatched to eradicate a household who cares about 20 round clips?) then it could be another first; and one that the international banking cartel is planning on; endless slavery and subjugation without hope, albeit with comfortable pillows like sex, entertainment, bottomless debt, and genetically modified foodstuffs manufactured, besides for profit, for the purpose of planning the obsolescence of the citizen’s body. No elitist with forethought wants the citizenry to get old enough to figure out what’s going on.
In fact if the entire baby boomer generation would just have the good grace to die at the age of 65, much of the government overspending problem would vanish.
This writer does not hope for social discord; rather that there would be a break with the insanity of dependency on government and recovery from the low standards of education; for abandoning the use of public schools as political indoctrination camps; for a return to the fact of a natural life- that nobody owes anyone else a living and responsibility for one’s own self is a right as well as a burden.