Thursday, January 6, 2011

Revolution In Our Time

Will we have revolution in our time? What form will it take?

My fear is yes, and not particularly good.

You see we want a revolution its clear. I want a revolution, you want a revolution and even your mom wants a revolution. So if enough people want it that bad my feeling is we will get it whether we like it or not.

The problem of course is one of be careful what you wish for. If you watch Family Guy on a regular basis you have seen the episode where Peter wishes he was 18 again just for one day. Death being an old pal of Peter's grants him that wish but unfortunately Peter's meddling in the past has deleterious repercussions for his present.

Of course there are more literary examples of this phenomenon and everyone knows about the stories of someone selling their soul to the devil for some talent or goods only to find out that the devil has tricked them out of their soul and their wish.

So yes we all want a revolution but what will come of it. What will fill the massive bureaucratic void left behind when we overthrow the current power structure. What if the current power structure is orchestrating the current "revolution".

Before we can have revolution we must ask revolution to what, and by whom and how.

There may be no two better examples of the ill conceived cry for revolution in the form of "change" then President Obama, and the Tea Party. Obama came sweeping in on the tail winds of populist rage promising, "change" instead he brought much of the same and maybe worse an escalation in Afghanistan and a massive bank bailout.

Now the "tea party" has promised change in another better form. If however we look closely we will see the so called change party (which started out as a legit grassroots libertarian movement) is actually an arm of the Republican Party brought to popularity by the unending cheer leading from the windbags at Fox News.

Much like the powerful fighter in a boxing match who swings recklessly without regard for accuracy our collective anger and political energy our being diverted. We are firing before finding a target.

It is in this vein that I have decided to do two things. First I will create a manifesto. A best case scenario of the change I would like to see in the world. Second I will take 12 steps in my own life so I will no longer be part of the problem.

The first of my 12 steps begins tomorrow. Closing my Bank of America account. More to come soon and the manifesto will be published in the next couple of weeks.

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