Here is a brief summary of the video and my purpose in making it.
The four stages of revolution:
1. Oppression: A government becomes tyrannical and ceases to be legitimate in the eyes of the People.
2. Submission: The People submit to tyranny of out self-interest, cynicism, squeamishness, and the desire for compromise.
3. The Casus Belli (a justification for war): An act of heinous tyranny awakens the People from their slumber.
4. Resistance: The People kick it old school.
The right of rebellion is the linchpin of a free society, for three reasons:
1. Because all governments become more tyrannical over time, the occasional revolution is essential for the preservation or rebirth of liberty.
2. The mere threat of rebellion makes government fear the People.
3. Even a failed revolution could inspire a successful revolution down the road.
To show that revolution doesn’t only happen in movies, the video then goes into a montage of historical revolutions. To emphasize the universal struggle of liberty vs. power, I included rebellions from a variety of places and time periods. People might quibble certain examples. I admit that many revolutionaries were hypocrites (Thomas Jefferson), others had selfish motives (Marcus Brutus), and sometimes what follows a revolution is worse than what preceded it (the French Revolution). Nevertheless, these points do not negate the crucial importance of revolution itself. While there has never been a “perfect” revolution, there has never been a perfect government, either. In fact, there has been NOTHING but EVIL governments.
Part 2 answers questions that will probably arise about Part 1 (assuming that people actually watch this video!); questions about the “dirty” tactics of many revolutionaries, violent vs. non-violent revolutions, and the prospect for revolution in modern-day America.
The purpose of this video is to help foment a modern-day American Revolution. I don’t mean in the metaphorical sense. We must bring the federal government to its knees through direct confrontation. Revolution is entirely possible, is probably inevitable, and is already underway. The video does not go into great detail about why the U.S. government should be seen as tyrannical. That is the subject for another video. I’ll just say this: If you do not believe that Americans today slave under a tyrannical government, you are ignorant, foolish, or benefiting from the tyranny by advertent or inadvertent collaboration (or some combination of the three).
I want this video to inspire radical populist action against government power. Toward that end, the clips from Stage 2 hold special importance. Too many libertarians are more interested in bitching about government than doing something about it. I am as guilty as anyone. I want libertarians to see reflections of their own thinking in these clips. What’s holding us back from revolution? Self-interest? Cynicism? Squeamishness? The desire for compromise is especially prevalent. I loved the Ron Paul Revolution as much as the next libertarian, but let’s face it: Presidential politics represents the futile strategy of “going through the system.” It’s the idea that political activists can elect libertarians to national office, take back Washington from special interests, bring home the troops, balance the budget, pay off the national debt, eliminate the Federal Reserve, and restore the Constitution. This is sheer fantasy. There is no way, politically, that Congress can make the kind of spending cuts that would be required to prevent federal bankruptcy and hyperinflation. The federal government is going DOWN, baby! The Constitution is a dead letter and can’t be resurrected. Instead of trying to “save” the government, we should be working to hasten its collapse and laying the groundwork for a rebirth of liberty. The most practical strategies are civil disobedience, nullification, secession, educating our fellow Americans, and relentless harassment of the power elites.
This last subject is touchy, so let me be clear: I am not advocating violence. For now, non-violence is the way to go. However, the final goal of this video is to break the taboo that surrounds this topic. Many anti-Establishment types from across the political spectrum have hinted at the possibility of violent resistance if current trends continue. Anyone who supports the Second Amendment on philosophical grounds is implicitly acknowledging that violence could one day be necessary. I’m saying that it should be openly discussed—not kept in the closet as a kind of embarrassment. When would violence be justifiable? How should it be carried out? Totalitarian government in America is a real possibility. Most Americans would agree with the following statement from V for Vendetta: “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.” However, governments will never fear the People if violent resistance is forever taboo. Indeed, this taboo is already being broken—and such a discussion could have a wider audience than one might initially assume. Guns are flying off store shelves. Fascist corporations and judges have been besieged by death threats. These are positive signs! Americans are rediscovering the spirit of resistance that made this country great. Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin wrote recently:
As humbly and meekly as I know how to say it: as for me and my house, gun confiscation is the one act of tyranny that crosses the line; debate, discourse, discussion, and peaceful dissent, cease and desist at that point. I say again, it is getting very serious now.That’s what I’m talking about!
Sic Semper Tyrannis