Why is this? We are creatures of habit, even if its a generational thing. When hunting for this picture I saw pictures from the Russian Revolution and the oppressive regime of the Czar was replaced by the extremely oppressive regime of Stalin.
And when communism failed in Russia, no doubt this is why so much money was pumped into Russia to make sure it didn't go through a restoration of communism and who knows whether Putin is worse.
The French revolution resulted in Napoleon.
Napoleon regained power after the restoration of the monarchy in France and this was after the French revolution.
And we also are seeing in Egypt, one revolution followed by another revolution...
For those planning a revolution, especially a violent one, expect much instability afterwards, well not until you get someone who will crack down on the disorder, like Lenin did when he attacked Kronstadt.
However people don't like instability, they really do prefer peace and this is why the corporate media (MSM) kindly protects us from the wars our government is still engaged in... how many years after 9/11? How long have we been engaged in the drug war? Its better to ignore how bad things are because we really love peace and certainty. This is why we really hope we can have a peaceful revolution. Let's hope we can fix things so we don't have to miss too much work, we like the way things are so we don't have to think too much. In the words of John F Kennedy:
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.
What we want is evolution to a possible utopia. We want to move there slowly because that is the way to make things stick. This is the mechanism that the corporate types used to take control of our government, a government formed in response to the oppression of corporations.
And it seems the first American revolution failed. In the words of Thomas Jefferson:
The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when
government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.
The US govt has fallen into the hands of banks and corporations and are now forcing us into a position that we will need a violent revolution to remove the shackles that have bound us with. Will corporations precipitate the next American revolution?
So before there is a revolution we have to know very clearly where we are going because there will always be those with more or less power than us. Banks and corporations have the power now because money is what everyone is chasing. When physical strength is important, men become powerful because they are stronger. When children are important, women become powerful because they give birth and care for them. If you want to build armies increase poverty and make babies more important than women. If the most important thing in the world is kindness, people would be kind to each other.
The ultimate mechanism for destroying power is to make something else more important than what has power now. Well that is one solution. The other solution is education.
So on the road to bringing down the whole system I recommend going step by careful step because we don't want to cause something much more oppressive. Each change we make will bring unintended consequences.
The second thing to remember is reverting societies to what has gone before is difficult because Pandora’s box has been opened and its next to impossible to put genies back into bottles. We aren't going back to a smaller tribal world unless something changes our communication systems or trading mechanisms. We aren't going to give up our technology, often touted as the cause of our problems, it is not. We are the cause of our problems.
Because left/progressives are usually thinking about making incremental changes, it usually drives the libertarian/anarcho-types crazy because they see us as being obsessed with government and claim that we are worshipping it etc etc and then everyone rolls their eyes at the others stupidity.
IMO left/progressives tend to be as dismayed by the state of government as libertarian/anarcho-types are.
The problem is communicating our respective frames of reference to each other.
And my impression is that utopia for libertarian/anarcho-types is very similar to what we have now, except with no government ( and the left version is optionally no corporations). My impression is the utopia for left/progressives is a society where govt controls the corporations.
Perhaps libertarian/anarcho-types have the road map to a government/corporate free world but they have been strangely quiet in sharing it with me.
My concern is taking out government is not enough because we have to know what is going wrong now to make sure we don't get something twice as bad in its place, because this is the reality and has been demonstrated time and time again. There are plenty of examples of once functioning countries that lost their government and the system now in place is far worse than what they originally had, such as Iran, Afghanistan and Iraq, just to name a few.
While there may have been functioning societies without the spectacle of government, they mostly disintegrated when they came into contact with societies with an organized government. For the most part, I think western society of the 99% is tribal, we are split into families, and our society is a classic anarchical society. The government is for the 1%. They are organized, plan ahead, educated and also tribal and they use our government.