An American Revolution: Not Likely
Esquire has a story on why we won't have a revolution in the US.
"Suppose we had evidence that the federal government engineered 9/11," he said. "Suppose we had indisputable proof that we paid the Saudis to blow up the World Trade Center, and members from both political parties had signed off on it. And the day after this proof emerged, George W. Bush announced that he would give a speech at ground zero explaining why this decision was made. If this happened, I assume there would be a protest rally during his speech. And perhaps some people would start throwing rocks, and perhaps I'd be caught up in the frenzy, and perhaps I would start throwing rocks, too."
"So you would take part in the revolution's inception," I responded. "You would throw rocks at a corrupt president."
"Yes," he said. "Maybe. Or maybe not. Probably not. Who knows? I'm not really a rock-throwing kind of guy."
I'm not a rock-throwing kind of guy, either. Moreover, I assume the type of person who hurls rocks in public is not the type of person I would agree with about anything. Modernity has created a cosmic difference between intellect and action, even when both are driven by the same motives; as such, the only people qualified to lead a present-day revolution would never actually do so. Contemporary leaders are not rock-throwing guys. And this is a problem, because it's the rock throwers who get things done.
Wonkette talks about it here.
Maybe Chuck’s right, even if his idea of a typical American is some bizarre metrosexual redneck in Idaho who owns and enjoys both shotguns and iPods while having a childlike faith in the U.S. government — oh, and he’s a middle-class white-collar homeowner (and blogger) who can be pushed to violence by The Bourne Supremacy or Neil Young.
Even a televised admission from George W. Bush himself that the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated and financed by Republican and Democratic leaders would likely just lead to the usual protests, says Chuck. Sadly, the libertarians over at Reason.com pretty much agree with him. Rest easy, congresspeople!
So, what do you think? How do you motivate the fat, lazy, and contempt. I've talked to many people about 9/11 who believe the government was involved, but also say they make good money and just don't care. What motivates people to act?