Now that our electoral system has been bought out and our economy gutted many Americans are waking up to the fact that we are under attack. Our economy, our freedom and our democracy are under attack. We know change is necessary but as a whole do not agree on how to achieve it. Some argue through electoral politics, others through peaceful mass movements and others through violent revolution. Statistics show us that substantial lasting change through electoral politics is not possible. Civil disobedience has shown to be an effective tool to bring about enlightenment. History and theory show us however, that in the face of true tyranny the only way for a people to obtain liberation is through a violent revolution.
What political scientists have shown about American electoral politics is disturbing. We know that 94% of the time, the candidate who raises the most money wins. Due to the fact that our representatives use their time and connections while in office to raise money, 95% of the time they will raise more money. It has been shown time and time again that our government has been bought out and the citizens cannot afford to buy it back. Calling, writing, and lobbying representatives no longer work for the citizens of our Corporatocracy. Out government has been corrupted with money to the point where it no longer serves ‘we the people’. We are no longer free. We no longer control our own destiny.
As we wake up, most Americans are coming to the very clear conclusion that the US Government is not broken but fixed. If we cannot vote money out of politics, if we cannot vote in a just system how do we abolish and unjust system? Is it possible to do so through utilizing the first amendment with Civil Disobedience and Non Cooperation? Over the last year Occupy protests have arisen not just across the country but across the globe. In the last year we have seen protests, encampments and sit-ins not seen since the civil rights era if ever.
As one would expect, the state responded quickly with a heavy hand using every avenue possible to destroy and undermine the people’s movement. After all those who control the government (0.01%) have every incentive to maintain the current status quo. Due to this, Occupy demonstrations and encampments have been violently oppressed by city, state and federal authorities. The state has not only used foot soldiers but has coordinated with the FBI, Secret Service, DHS, CPS, Governors, Mayors, the MSM and many other agencies to attack activists and journalists. It has been established that our government has become tyrannical attacking not only democratic rights but our private liberties and our bodies.
“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson
The use of Civil Disobedience and Non Cooperation have and can be effective tools to help change the mindset of the people and bring about enlightenment which is a precondition for revolution. The goal of social movements is to achieve social and political change by increasing awareness among the public and by applying non-violent social pressure. “. . . who has the public as a whole for his enemy can never make himself secure; and the greater his cruelty, the weaker does his regime become.” – Niccolo Machiavelli The Prince, pg 10
History has also shown us that while useful to change the ‘hearts and minds’ of the people; civil disobedience and non-cooperation have not been able to achieve lasting change. Further, in certain circumstances peaceful protest have lead to massive bloodshed by oppressive states. In the face of true tyranny and despotism the only way to remove the government is by force.
“The basic rationale of civil resistance is that the power of rulers ultimately lies in the obedience and cooperation of their subjects. So far, at any rate, no one has found a reliable way of making civil resistance work in a totalitarian police state …” Read More Here
No tyrannical government is going to give up its power willingly that’s part of what makes it tyrannical and what makes revolution necessary. In order to conduct a successful revolution one must be able to attack the government physically. The very nature of such governments is that they will use any force necessary to maintain absolute control as demonstrated by Hitler, Mubarak, Assad and others.
In the face of suffering and despotism, ‘we the people’ not only have the right but the responsibility as citizens to revolt. According to The Declaration of Independence based largely on the philosophy of John Locke states “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
America is in a dire state from our failing schools to the attack on our freedoms. The problems are too many to list and as extensive as the evidence of corruption, theft and crony capitalism in this country. Inspired by the Declaration of Independence, many lists of grievances “Declarations of Occupations” have been produced: OWS. BERKELEY. FORT LAUDERDALE. BOSTON. DC.
The conditions for revolution have been created, the only thing left if for the people to revolt. Unlike a social movement, revolution is a fundamental change in the way a country is governed, usually to a different political system and often using violence or war. A revolution takes on a variety of forms. If revolutionary violence can be useful as a tactic it is very important to define what revolutionary violence is.
“Revolutionary violence is violence targeted at an oppressor (or a system that supports the oppressor) with the goals of liberating a group of people. Furthermore revolutionary violence is violence not sponsored, sanctioned or carried out by the state. Revolutionary violence is more often than not carried out by members of the civilian population often using methods of (but not limited to) guerrilla warfare. Revolutionary guerrilla warfare only targets the oppressor and never uses indiscreet, random violence against the general population (unlike the state).”
Although effective lasting change cannot be achieved in a tyrannical state without violence, a diversity of tactics is not only welcome but necessary. Revolutionary violence used in conjunction with mass civil disobedience and non-cooperation will be more effective than any one strategy in and of themselves. Everyone can be free to participate to level at which they are comfortable. There is a role for everyone, those who are staunch pacifists as well as those who want to fight for democracy. Further, recognizing this is a tactic, we must continually evaluate when revolutionary violence is effective and when it is detrimental to the ultimate goal of liberation.