Do you think "revolution" means a period of anarchy while we rethink everything? Does every "revolution" involve civil war and chaos, madness in the streets as the people wage war against the state? No, the Renaissance and the Enlightenment were just as much a revolution as any social uprising. It's in making the current system bow to the will of the people, recognize its own flaws, and give the opportunity to cut away the corruption, restructure, and cleanse anew for the 21st century that we should make our revolution.
America is the new Roman Empire. We are at the core of the modern global economy, and despite the world's opinion of us, we have at least enough influence to warrant an opinion of us. We've adopted and tried to refine the same principles of democracy and equality, with a modern bias. And if you think change is unlikely, then you're a part of the very reason it is. The will of the majority is POWER. If everyone stopped buying iPhone's tomorrow, Apple would scramble and beg to find out why and do what the people wanted. If everyone stopped accepting the corrupt authority of immoral justices, they would have to cave to the greater will. It's in trying to inspire others to take up Peace that becomes the greater issue. In your mindset of the "impossible", to not try and not fight, you're furthering the cycle that is this illusion of powerlessness. We need to educate people, show them where the power truly lies, in submission, to help them realize their full potential as a mass. If you think you have power, and you gift this hope to the next man, and the next, eventually you do have power, because to try and contain everyone is impossible.
I'm saying we need to start teaching people what power truly is. We need to have classes in school that teach right and wrong. We need to rekindle what it means to be a society, what it means to be human, and what it means to be a member of the Earth. We've all got to share this rock together, whether we like it or not. We're fighting wars and raping the planet for resources and destroying ourselves. Some are starving, some are obese, some are rich, some are poor. I'm not saying it will happen in a day, or a year, or a decade, or a century. But if you don't start somewhere, it will never happen. We need to wake up, realize the course we are taking, and as a collective, choose the future we want for our children, grandchildren, and their grandchildren's children.
Despite this aversion for the current state of the order, I don't think we are mature enough as a species yet for Anarchy to work. When we've established peace and cooperation, and Peace is mainstream, Love is mainstream, then perhaps Anarchy can work. When we've eliminated the desire for greed and power and murder, then Anarchy can work. Until then, yes, I believe there should be some form of moderation that keeps us in check. But I think that government should be there to protect, not to decide our lives. We should be allowed to live as we desire, so long as no one else is hurt. I don't think monarchy is a good idea either. I think absolute power corrupts absolutely, and if you are beyond criticism, then you fall inevitably into corruption. And that's what we have now. A system beyond critique. It's shown in the NSA, in the FBI watchlists... our government cracks down on those who would speak out and try to rekindle the passion of the masses because they fear change as much as we all fear change. We become comfortable in the expected, the everyday. What we need to do is look at what isn't working, and look at what is, and carry on with the essentials that protect our human rights, and don't infringe on our rights to live as we so wish.
I'm saying that greed, corruption, desires, are human traits bred from millions of years of evolution where that helped us survive, which now have no more use but to take from one another. I'm saying there are many issues in our current system that could be ironed out if we stopped squabbling over the tiny issues and looked at what the fundamental and corrupt problems are. I'm not saying I'm an authority on this any more than Russell Brand is. What I'm saying is, it is clear that we do have problems in society as shown by wars, prejudice, social classes, and as a species, we are connected enough now with our technology to come together and learn from one another how to be civil and love each other and respect each other. I'm not saying we need a violent uprising, I would hate that. I'm not saying we need an immediate change overnight. I'm saying we need to wake up and see that there is wrong in the world and try to fix it so our children don't suffer as we do.
I think the core issue is that people cringe at the mention of the word "Revolution" because they imagine violence. They imagine pitchforks and torches held high with shotguns and rifles. They imagine war in the streets of the common man, blood and rage and damnation. But "Revolution" just means change. It means making a radical shift over time. Our nation was founded on a bloody revolution, but our Constitution was written in a peaceful one. We replaced our Articles of Confederation through conventions and debates, through the great political minds of the era coming together and discussing what the best course of action was for the future of our nation and its peoples. And I think that's the kind of Revolution we need. We need a peaceful delegation of activists, philanthropists, and advocates of love and peace and humanity to come together and have a discussion about the state of the world and the state of our nation and help refine what we have. Our government was written to defend the rights of the people, the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And that should mean, as I have said, that you should be able to make whatever decisions in life you so desire, so long as it does not infringe on the happiness and welfare of others. We need to move on from this contentious idea that our government is fine as it is, or that we are powerless, or that it is beyond critique and restructure. If we just had a Convention of radical minds like Gandhi's, Martin Luther King Jr.'s, John Lennon's, Yoko Ono's, Russell Brand's, who met with the leaders of the political arena to discuss what we need, I'm sure that within a matter of years, we could have a new Constitution, and a new system that is more just, less corrupt, and promotes more individual freedoms than the pretense of freedom we have now in our nation. I, and every other “radical mind”, are not calling for a violent overthrow of the aristocracy. Much the opposite. To do so would be counter-productive to the message of Peace and Love and Freedom. What we are calling for, is a re-evaluation of the current system to see where is has gone wrong over the past few hundred years. To filter out the weird laws, the bigotry, the nonsense, the prejudice, and refine it back to the core of the 'American Dream', in which every [hu]man is created equal, with the same basic, inalienable rights.
My name is Jeffrey Hepburn, and I'm a young writer, graphic design artist, and aspiring filmmaker.