Read or listen now | We have a broken political economy and a yearning for change, yet revolution is impossible. Find out why in this piece by Dominic Frisby on missed opportunities and the failures of democracy.
I'm not so sure. People acquiesce and make do for as long as possible. But there comes a breaking point. First past the point voting sets a high bar to the election of populist political parties, but dams break eventually. Delayed revolutions are likely to be the most violent revolutions.
I agree with your analysis that the state is the root of a lot of these problems. However, it’s probably also worth pointing out the influence of large corporations, the revolving door between public and private enterprise, and the ‘collaborations’ between the two that never seem to work in the citizen’s interest.
The trouble is, I can’t rise up because I’d get arrested and if there isn’t one already, they’ll find a law to throw at me. Then I’d be a criminal. No chance of decent employment, family struggle to survive, if my mortgage was too high we’d be forced into smaller accommodation, etc etc. They really have designed a very effective prison without walls. Most of us have too much to lose by taking a stand - which is why most people will stand by instead of standing behind you. Quite depressing really! However, politics is downstream of culture so if we all start changing our thinking and behaviour away from state dependency, politics would inevitably catch up. It’ll take a while and a few martyrs though - anyone volunteering?!
This is the era of consequence free living.
The politician can make decisions during his or her or they're short tenure that will impact for generations. Dedicated followers of fashion thats all they are.
And as for the future.... hell!... My grandaughter can pay for it. After all everything that has happened in the last 300yrs is her fault anyway... Or so they will have you believe..
When the obvious routes - tax revolt, armed revolt, electoral revolt - are all blocked, the answer is to be creative. Return to first principles. What is power?
The situation in the Eastern Bloc seemed even more hopeless, and that ground on for decades. Then it all melted away like snow in Spring. Largely without a shot being fired.
So how did they do it? Lessons there, perhaps.
To the question - what is power? It's the ability to make people do what you want. Ultimately it's a mind trick. You can't use armed force on everyone, you need them to comply willingly. Which means you need everyone to agree that, yes, you have power.
In the Eastern Bloc, it reached the point where everyone agreed that the people in power were clowns who shouldn't be listened to. And suddenly - the clowns had no power.
I'm sure you've heard this before and have probably dismissed it as "conspiracy" but it may be worth you seriously looking at the possibility this decline is being managed with the objective being to blame the chaos on Putin, China, war etc. etc. For the chaos destitution and to be used as a pretecx for a more authoritarian state. The economy is beyond repair and close to collapsing, military and police pensions cannot be paid and the security forces therefore cannot be relied upon to protect the state, this would be a possible way to maintain control.
A friend of mine has been telling me for the last 18 months that getting our own houses in order is the only way we can survive what is coming, so this piece really resonated with me. As for revolution, I think the problem with that is the fact that most modern Brits. have a season ticket on the line of least resistance. As for the Brilliant people I agree with Ed Storer below. I remember Boris Johnson advocating 'World Class this and World Class that', but when I looked around I wondered where were all the clever (brilliant) people who will make it happen...
Dom, this is a great piece. One of your best. If the only option is to “get our own houses in order” for the coming car crash then I would love a follow up on how you suggest someone best do that. I believe a sickness has taken hold in the West. Much like Theoden was under the spell of Wormtounge, there are globalist forces in control of Western Governments around the world - pushing third world immigration, re-writing history and pushing neo communism under the guise of climate alarmism
Well, you mention the American and French revolutions and they are still the most rebellious people. It might be that we Brits are slow to rise up but, from the things I read, there is a lot more pushback against the State in the USA. Because, as Gill Scott-Heron kindly informed us, the revolution will not be televised (the MSM being bought) doesn't mean its not happening below the surface. Oh - and they do have guns......
Another breeze of wisdom drifts smoothly through my world. Not so sure about 1880-1910 being golden though, not for the working classes anyway. It's a pity I cannot ask my great grandfather Amos Denton, coal miner and pig-slaughter in High Green, Sheffield.
Speaking of potential revolutions, you aint seen nothing yet.
Chaos will be the dis-order of the day if these benighted revolutionaries gain the necessary political power to instigate the all-the-way-down-the-line agendas described in this project - http://www.project2025.org
Oh and the political compass test was fascinating. Ta
An unsustainable system lasts longer than you think but then collapses quickly. It's amazing how long the Soviet Union lasted but it went quick. It's a miracle South Africa is even still a country but it has the miracle of Chinese money propping it up (probably).
My take is that our multicultural and debt based society is entirely held together by the welfare state (that includes NHS and state pension). When we run out of money and the welfare state can no longer be afforded there will be civil collapse. The state, the police in other words, will focus on protecting the ruling caste and the rest of us will be left to fend more or less for ourselves. Just as people are attracted to successful systems they are repelled by unsuccessful ones and so most immigrant stock will voluntarily repatriate leaving behind only the truly committed and integrated
Out of the chaos and homogenous high trust society an opportunity will then emerge for a new beginning.
The only 'but' is their 'get out of jail free card', the CBDC.....
All very interesting comments. I must say revolutions are very unpredictable events. Although we in the UK are not able to bear arms because of laws on carrying weapons. Violence tends to return to bricks and petrol. The pol tax unrest freighted the political establishment very much at the time. If we in the UK was to become angry enough I think this time the violence would be worse than the pol tax because we do not have the police force we had back then it is very much diminished and I think we would see some unexpected outcomes.
I’ve just finished reading Farmington and Meyers collection of essays, Bitcoin is Venice. I’m almost convinced that Bitcoin fixes, or could fix, a lot of this.
Rather than a revolution, which, as you say would be very un British of us, perhaps the same can be achieved with mass withdrawal. People will work less because it doesn't pay to work beyond a certain level. The finances get wrecked and in the chaos people choose a combination of cash, gold and crypto as better functioning systems. Cash in particular. In our fractional reserve system it takes very little to be withdrawn for the system to no longer function. That's how the 'little man' can withdraw power.