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Peoples Revolution: Pros and Cons

As I've often said, I've got nothing against rich people, per se. It's true that they authored the industrial revolution to enslave us and have worked tirelessly since to sustain a fearful and dependant underclass that remains at their disposal to do the dirty work that maintains their wealth and status. They have sold us like serfs and shipped our jobs to other countries. They have pilfered our pension funds to buy swimming pools and art collections. They have raped the earth and poisoned the air and are fast buying up the last reserves of potable water so that they can sell it back to us.

But really, they're not bad people.

Still, it might be time for a change. Many of my fellow members of the rabble are nostalgic for the days of the guillotine. For many, the resignation of the head of General Motors is not nearly enough, not by a long shot. For many, the whole kit and caboodle has to go, and like now. Revolution is indeed in the air.

But everything has its good points and bad points. Let's take a look at what's good and not so good about the idea of revolution as defined as an armed takeover of a nation.


  • We could free ourselves from the rich and greedy
  • We could take back what the rich have stolen from us
  • We could punish the rich for their misuse of us
  • We could establish a new order of equality and liberty
  • We could return to the values of our founding fathers
  • We could tear down the bureaucracy
  • We could be free to live our lives as we choose
  • We could set right the injustices of our society
  • We could change our society from one based on money to one based on good deeds
  • We could establish a form of government based on justice and freedom
  • We could free ourselves from the tyranny of money
  • We could free our country from foreign ownership
  • We could discontinue all the frivolous and wasteful things our government does
  • We could elect leaders truly from and for the people
  • We could reshape our society to favor those who contribute the most to everyone's benefit and welfare rather than those with the craft and cunning to amass wealth and power for themselves

Now the Downside:

If the military does not happen to side with the revolutionaries there might be trouble. Not for nothing does our government maintain a formidable military force. Do you think that our government has never considered the possibility that it may be forced to confront an insurgency in the United States? Really?

United States Army


United States Marines

United States Navy

While Americans are mean, ornery, frequently ignorant and bullheaded, and very frequently heavily armed, it's silly to think that a mob of angry American citizens could defeat a disciplined, world renowned fighting force.

Of course, it did happen before, during the first American revolutionary war. The British Army was the most formidable in the world at the time, yet they were defeated by some determined farmers with a little help from the rather non-Anglophile French. So it cannot be ruled out that history might repeat itself, and a benign ally will step in to tilt the balance in favor of the rabble.

One estimate I heard recently put the number of gun owners in the United States at about 90 million. All American military personnel number only a fraction of that number. It was sheer numbers that won the French Revolution, remember.

Some Unintended People May Benefit from an American Revolution

Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

Wen Jiabao

Wen Jiabao

Not everyone is fond of the United States or willing to stand idly by while the United States has its collective pants down. Let's say theoretically that our valiant and skillful revolutionary fighters succeed in toppling the government. At the instant of governmental implosion, would the United States be strong or weak? Would it not be an ideal time for an ambitious leader to step in and pacify our troubled nation for us?

Mr. Chavez has no love for the United States, but the United States military would have to be in a sorry state indeed before he could mount a credible attempt at conquest.

Vladimir Putin is another story. The Russian military machine is already flexing. Should American security be compromised by a revolution, would he stand idly by? Maybe, maybe not.

China (represented here by Premier Wen Jiabao) has also been building up its military and flexing its global muscles with new-found naval power. The absence of the American military from the global stage could give China an opportunity to greatly expand as a new world superpower.

One cannot talk about American revolution as if it would take place on some distant planet. Of course not. Any American revolution would take place right here on Earth with God and all our enemies watching.

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I can understand everyone's impatience. We elected a man who preached change and brought, in large part, sameness, appointing rich jerks, Washington insiders and tax evaders to his cabinet. Sleazy bankers are running away with yet more billions of our hard earned dollars, and they seem to be doing it legally, right in front of our faces. It is an aggravating circumstance that makes the mildest among us clench our teeth in anger at the continuing injustice.

Nevertheless, we must still embrace the change Obama does represent.

How long did it take for a black man to be elected President of the United States? A long time. What kind of perseverance and sacrifice did it take to finally make it possible? Lots of perseverance and lots of sacrifice.

Now, how long will it take to reform not only our political system, but our entire society?

As the election of Barack Obama illustrates, change can indeed happen. It just takes time, patience, and persistence.


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R. J. Lefebvre on December 11, 2011:




Tom rubenoff (author) from United States on December 10, 2011:

Thanks so much, RJ! I have fun with research, sometimes, and other times I only want to look within. I think the more powerful answers are within.

R. J. Lefebvre on December 10, 2011:


Your hub hit the bullseye at every throw. I get the feeling your hub took a lot of time collecting info before writing. I tend to write based on perceptions apposed to research, apparently I don't have much patience for research, my bad!


Tom rubenoff (author) from United States on January 26, 2011:

Four million is a lot of people. Seventeen years is a long time. Einstein was one smart guy.

I'm easy to contact. Just click above on the right where it says "Contact Tom Rubenoff"

plcarpe from Illinois on January 26, 2011:

Hi, Tom...I would like to link to you, as I have about 4 million people that I know of that want to change the world. However, we have figured out a way to do it by outgrowing the government, rather than taking over the government--In other words, we are having an evolutionary thought process, and joining forces, creating our own Illuminati, but not secret, not for the rich, no rituals, no money needed, just joining forces. More like communism, but with no I was wanting to see if anybody else would be interested. I JUST started today, so I have no clue what I've been doing on this Hub thing, but we were already thinking in Hubs before I found Hubs. We are wanting to bypass the monetary system and go to a partial barter system, where people's skills and talents plus mutual cooperation can create a new society. Most people are Ron Paul supporters, but like Einstein said, World Problems Cannot Be Solved at the Level at Which They Were Created. Again, I want to clarify there's no need to take over the government, if you can get enough people who only trade and cooperate with eachother. My email is because I cannot find a way to contact you, but think I might have the solution to the frustrations, as I've been working on this for 17 years now.

Tom rubenoff (author) from United States on December 12, 2009:

Thanks so much, Donna. Happy holidays to you and yours as well!

donna bamford from Canada on December 12, 2009:

I guess I'm the only one who still believes in Obama - that as you say -be patient. As a Canadian I'm not there living it with you but i have faith in the man still. It's only the first year. Stay the course say I. Good hub. Happy Honnukah Tom to you and your family!

ReuVera from USA on April 17, 2009:

I have somewhere in my albums an old old post card, dated 1917 in which my Great Grand Aunt (or whoever she was…) was writing to my Grandmother (who was a teenager then) and congratulating her on being a free citizen of new Russia, which became now (after Revolution) a country of light and fairness.. You see, simple people truly believed then….

Good idea about linking the hub.

Tom rubenoff (author) from United States on April 17, 2009:

Thank you, ReuVera! You know, maybe I'll show this on Facebook and link to it from Wordpress. It's got a good title. Ya never know, tho. I can't get too concerned. I had fun writing it!

ReuVera from USA on April 17, 2009:

This is a good article with lots of great points. I wonder why it didn't get all the traffic it deserves yet... People should read it! And think!

Tom rubenoff (author) from United States on April 15, 2009:

There's lots to worry about all right! Thanks so much, Mindfield.

MindField from Portland, Oregon on April 15, 2009:

That's what I said, Tom. Non-violent. These guys buying up bazookas worry me more than our government does (well, at least in this most recent incarnation).

Tom rubenoff (author) from United States on April 15, 2009:

I'm with you, Mindfield. But let's go the Ghandi / Martin Luther King, Jr., route and leave the hardware home. While attractive, Kevlar underwear just doesn't breathe.

MindField from Portland, Oregon on April 15, 2009:

But I'm all kitted out and ready to go, Tom. What am I to do with my Kevlar underwear and cache of automatic weapons?

Brilliant piece yet I still think we need a revolution. What we don't need, as you so rightly point out, is a bloody one.

We may poke fun at the French but French students are some of my biggest heroes. Let's get smart and take a tip from them. Clogging every street with raging but non-violent Americans would do more for us now than breaking windows and maiming lawyers (although I have a little list).

It's this sitting hunkered down in our Mother Hubbard homes (cupboards bare, furnace turned off) that is killing us. Time to march - and when I look back, I'd damn well better see you right behind me.

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