Greetings citizens of the world.
This is a message for the people all over the planet fighting for their freedom, and to those who have not yet joined in.
The entire planet seems to be creeping towards revolution, especially in the past year. Occasionally, we will see footage on the news or on the internet from places like Chile, Lebanon, France, Egypt or Hong Kong, where people have taken to the streets to fight for freedom from oppression.
However, these examples of unrest are always presented as isolated incidents, when they are really a part of a bigger global picture. While it is true that these countries all have their own unique set of problems, which have come along with their different authoritarian regimes, the overall struggle is the same.
🇨🇱 Chile police used tear gas and water cannons against protesters as they clashed on the streets of Santiago during the country’s 4-day holiday weekend #ChileProtests pic.twitter.com/itgGUDurDt
— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) November 1, 2019
We now live in a global world, where the economy and political system of one country is closely connected with those around it, and when there is unrest in one area, you can expect neighboring regions to follow suit. This is because even though these different countries and regimes seem to operate differently, they all represent the same type of authoritarianism, just with varying degrees of intensity and extremity. Even in western democracies that pride themselves on being the safest and most comfortable places to live, there are millions of people living in poverty, who are just one provocation away from gathering in the streets.
Seen here in AP footage , riot police beating a protester outside the Association of Banks in Beirut . Earlier, four protesters stormed the building blocking exit / entry and chanting against banks. #LebanonProtests #Lebanon pic.twitter.com/t8lth3wo8d
— Dalal Mawadدلال معوض (@dalalmawad) November 1, 2019
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In France, for example, the protests have been going on consistently for nearly a year now, with many of the demonstrators demanding economic opportunities. Most of the protests taking place around the world have similar motivations, regardless of the country.
In the past few decades, the human species has seen incredible technological progress, which has connected the world in profound ways, but there are still many people out there who are struggling.
France’s Yellow Vest protests have been raging for almost a year. How does this end? pic.twitter.com/Kl8HKydNSv
— In the NOW (@inthenow) October 29, 2019
Many people will argue that the position of the poor is considerably better than it was even 100 years ago, and that the position of all people has been raised through technological progress. This much is true, life is certainly easier than it was before automobiles and indoor plumbing, but there are still billions of people across the planet who are suffering, and they are beginning to realize that it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way.
However, getting out in the streets and demanding justice is only a very small step in the quest for freedom. As we have seen with previous movements with similar aims, like the Arab Spring for example, the revolutions often ended with dictatorships that were just as bad or worse than the one that was initially overthrown. In Egypt, which was a flashpoint for revolution across the Arab world, millions of people overthrew the corrupt regime of Hosni Mubarak, only to have the military take control and implement policies just as brutal as the former regime.
Hosni Mubarak: Photo Credit: AP
Similar situations have occurred all over the globe. The old boss is the same as the new boss, as the old saying goes.
This is why people must think ahead when they are in these struggles for freedom because those who seek to control the world are thinking many steps ahead as well. Revolution typically occurs when people are angry, starving and desperate, but unfortunately, it is often difficult to make good decisions in that mindstate. This always seems to be the failure of revolution, no one is actually thinking of what to do once the revolution as one, and it always seems that the people with the worst intentions seem to be the only ones with a plan.
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Deep down, everyone knows that the plan should be a society based on peace, freedom, and abundance, but the governments to rise from revolutions are rarely ever based on those values, and if they are, it is only in rhetoric, as we see in places like the United States. As the global revolution around us takes form, we need to be looking for alternatives and solutions, so we don’t allow new power-seekers to create new systems of control.
How do we do this? That is up to all of us to figure out together, including you!
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