Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Failed Revolution

Oh, the old Eastern Bloc, where they're not even trying to hide the return to the bad old days. I mean, it takes a lot to make price-gouging Russia and financial-basketcase Europe appear sympathetic in the story.

When I think about the #OccupyStuff folks, who forego their invitations to participate in their own governing process because they'd rather hang out in parks with ironic posters, I think about what it must be like to be a citizen of the Ukraine.

Years ago, you go into the streets for the Orange Revolution to throw out the corrupt oligarchs. All you get is a fractured government that can't get things together. That government is forced into unpopular shady deals because the oligarchs are obstructionists who weren't helping the country, and the revolutionaries have to figure out a way to keep the lights on. When the deals fall apart, the finger pointing begins, and the new government that came into power with the will of the "revolution" collapses. This collapse hands the country back to the oligarchs.

Some revolution. And those are folks who were real revolutionaries. They didn't have any political voice. They had to go into the streets and throw out the old guard. They had to shut down the country to ensure free and fair elections. They were part of the team that brought down the Soviet Union.

So if the Ukranian revolution didn't get very far, I can't imagine the #OccupyStuff folks will last through Christmas. Hell, the #OccupyAtlanta folks couldn't gather enough consensus to let John Lewis speak at their event. John Lewis, an actual hero of a former American revolution, was down there to tell folks he supported them. But he never got the chance to.

I guess the #OccupyStuff folks don't need to listen to guys who actually put the work into changing the country, and have the scars to prove it. That tells me just about all I need to know about this.

If they don't step up from spectacle to actual involvement (as the Tea Party ended up doing successfully), even at the most local levels where the work is the most tedious, they aren't going to change one damn thing.

Not one.

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