Should we be teaching how to stage a revolution?

I got a really nice e-mail yesterday from Ryan, who I don’t believe has ever posted here. The last lines are what prompted this post:

“Your ideas are revolutionary, and if implemented correctly they could dramatically change the face and future of Dayton.  Any pointers for other citizens who would also like speak out and take action?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.”

I’ve also been thinking a lot about what would someone like Thomas Jefferson say at the Dayton Tea Party on April 15th. The reality is we are never taught how to rebel. The part about how to organize a revolution is left out of our school books. Rebels are an oddity and are often ignored, written off or locked up, depending on where in the world you are. The fact is, the word change and revolution have the same meaning, just to a different extent.

Holding a rally doesn’t solve the problem. Call it a tea party, call it a protest, call it a gathering of like minded people, we gather, but what do we do next? Take up arms? After all, that’s why we have the Second Amendment.

The more people who show up at a rally, the better the wake-up call to those who write our laws.

What I think we want is a rewriting laws so that no one gets rich by firing people or losing billions like the CEOs of major American corporations. We need to be protesting the casino on Wall Street, where the gamblers won, and the house is folding, and the taxpayers are the losers, even though they never entered the building.

Our lawmakers have been asleep at the wheel, while the kings of the new economy have gotten wealthy beyond belief on the backs of the American workers.

When people question why Rick Wagoner was asked to step down at GM, the real question is why he was paid over a million dollars a year when he was closing plants, firing American workers and making sure short-term “investors” came before the people who made it possible for him to draw a paycheck day in and day out. What CEOs have done is nothing short of criminal, yet, we seem to be willing to accept it, because, well, the alternative would be a revolution.

Before I start recommending reading Sun Tzu, Mao, Karl Marx or Alexander Hamilton, the first part of any revolution requires study of the issues and debate. Let it start here.

What would you tell Ryan?

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