Is that possible?
Historically revolutions have been the last resort of The People. When things get bad enough, The People take to the streets. Organizers organize, rabble rousers rouse, polemicists polemicize, but until The People put the boot to the street it is not a real revolution. There are always years of outrages jointly suffered through to call upon to motivate The People. There have almost always been years of people railing and writing against the current regime and trying to get The People to take to the streets, and finally, some last straw appears on the horizon and bingo, revolution happens.
Can that happen, can it be conveyed to those in power that it is happening, without the boots in the street?
Because The People saw in St Paul what the ‘law enforcement’ minions of the Ruling Class do to folks bold enough to put their boots in the street these days and it wasn’t pretty. Jackboots tasers and streams of peepr spray in the face are pretty damn good deterrents. .
The People aren’t stupid, either.
It has always been the fearful image of the mob, the popular uprising, the revolution knocking down the doors of government that has been the nightmare of the Ruling Class. Year after year they feather their own nest and make decisions that benefit them and their cronies while using various degrees of obfuscation as necessary to disguise the fact that the Ruling Class rules for themselves and only pays the fear inspired image of the torch and the pitchfork the minimal lip service required to keep The People complacent. Eventually though they get too arrogant, or their is some unavoidable conflict between the interests of The People and the interests of the Ruling Class (such as a financial crisis) and they forget to pay lip service. Or gamble that they can keep it quiet or spin it so that The People don’t notice. Or they are forced to choose to publicly and blatantly screw The People or screw themselves. Like, now.
And suddenly The People say Enough! And take to the streets in numbers too big to ignore. In numbers large enough to be scary. Large enough to actually remind the Ruling Class that The People are still here. That The People have been watching and know what has been going on. And that if they had just kept their stealing to a historically reasonable level things would have been okay. Suddenly the Ruling Class remembers that they rule at the pleasure of The People, because there are ALWAYS more People than there are ‘aristocrats.’
It is that fear, the fear of the angry mob at the gates that keeps the Ruling Class as honest as they can be kept. It is that fear that makes them look over their shoulders and ask themselves if they have gone to far.
Can that fear be conveyed over the internet to a potent enough degree? Is it The Peoples voice that they fear, or just violence?
The People have never really had a way to voice their displeasure as individuals before. We have never had a real way to convey the number of People who are unhappy. The Ruling Class are used to dissent, It is part of their job to field dissent, There will always be some of the People who are unhappy, it is only when enough of The People are unhappy that they get worried, that they start to feel the fear. Can they feel it over the internet, or does it take bodies in the street to convince them that have gone too far….this time.
We don’t know. Because this is a new medium of communication with our ‘leaders,’ with the Ruling Class. How do they judge it? And more importantly, how can we influence their judgment? What will it take for the blogosphere and the e-mailers to convince them that they have once again, stepped over the line?
We won’t know for a while. We won’t know until we find out whether or not Obama getting elected was enough of a revolution. We won’t know until the Ruling Class reacts to what Obama says he will do. We won’t know until Obama ‘sells out,’ or caves in one too many times. The People are waiting and hoping that that will be enough, that with Obama in charge they can safely return to their complacent sleep.
We are at the edge right now, of revolution, with this latest outrage from Bushco and the Ruling Class, but The People will wait and see if things do indeed get better. But after eight years, the stage is set. The People are sounding some serious rumbles….are they listening? Just as we have a new tool to make our voice heard, they have a new tool to hear us….the question is, are they listening?
And if they are listening, are they
smart enough scared enough to act on what they are hearing? Or will it be just too damn tempting for them to keep thinking that The People have been fooled again, that they are complacent again, that they will ‘behave?’
If things keep going as they have, if the Ruling Class keeps making decisions based on their well being instead of The Peoples well being. If they defeat or buy off Obama’s good intentions, we might find out.