“American revolution rests on the hope that corruption will willingly chose the path of righteousness… Until “the people” organize as a viable threat to the status quo, they’ll hold no real power.”
To be completely honest, I’m not sure how much faith I have in the power of peaceful resistance any more. The way I see it, we can march and picket and shout to our hearts content, but if we aren’t actively disrupting the establishment, it wouldn’t be difficult for the suits in Wall Street to look the other way and continue business as usual.
If you ask me, I’d say it’s high time we took to the streets and start setting shit on fire, bear arms and actively combat the establishment, a la the Libyan resistance earlier this year. But to do that, cats would have to accept that revolution, real revolution, is war. And in war, there are always casualties, on both sides.
Problem is, most of us are content with sitting on the sidelines, waiting to see how things pan out. If a small group of kids hit the ground with AK-47s, chucking Molotovs in the name of change, a lot of cats would sit back and watch it on the news, maybe nod and go “I’m with that, my dude.” and turn right around and get back to business as usual.
Nobody wants to be those kids. Nobody wants to make that sacrifice. No one wants to die in vain.
Until we develop the mentality to put faith in an ideal; find the conviction and confidence to lay down our lives for something greater than our personal selves, we leave ourselves with little else to do besides sit and wait for some big shot to be nice enough to set things right. And how likely is that outcome, really?