The Top Ten Things That Could Trigger The Revolution
(In No Particular Order)
The Price of Gasoline Hits $25 Per Gallon in the US
This often-mentioned scenario seems a sure bet to bring about an uprising of the workers against the bourgeoisie. The trigger doesn’t even necessarily have to be gasoline or heating costs or the price of bread or milk or medicine like insulin, either. Some consumer item that the vast majority of Americans need and can’t go without for long will hit an all-time record high price and nobody will be able to get to work or school or feed their families or simply stay alive. Surely that sort of deprivation would make people angry enough to get them off their couches and out into the streets to start a revolution, right?
Combined with a General Strike, an outraged populace that demands the means of production and the public utilities, such as water, natural gas, electricity, and even internet access, be placed in the hands of the people has all the markings of a successful revolution causing the complete downfall of our current corrupt economic system. The end of for-profit enterprises that control basic human rights, such as the right to health care, the right to food and shelter, and the right not to freeze in the winter or bake to death in the summer can’t come soon enough.
A Wide-Scale Plague or The Complete Destruction of Our Environment Kills Millions
Too late—this trigger has already occurred. Look outside your window. Do you see anyone protesting about how over a million Americans needlessly have died (and are still dying) due to COVID-19 or Long COVID? No, you’re more likely to see people staring at you if you continue to mask-up for your own protection in crowded public places. You’re more likely to read social media posts complaining about the “Vaccination Conspiracy” than you are to see Americans livid about how we still don’t have universal health care. Family members and friends dropping over dead prematurely obviously doesn’t make the majority of Americans mad at America's for-profit/for-the-people's-suffering healthcare industry.
Extinction Rebellion is working hard to make more Americans aware of just how dire a state our environment is in, but the mainstream media outlets choose to ignore those stories. Instead, we’re more likely to see and read stories about how hard-working the fossil fuel and nuclear power industries are, and that it’s okay to pay $5 or more a gallon to fuel your car because it means “freedom and democracy” in another God-forsaken, fossil fuel-filled country. TV weather-persons smile and casually pronounce statements such as, “This temperature breaks our record for most days above 100 degrees in a single summer,” without batting an eyelash. Until more Americans actually suffer and die because they can’t afford air conditioning or home heating, climate change will never be “real” to them. Alas, by the time they do become angry enough to revolt over the destruction of our environment because of the capitalists’ insatiable greed, we'll all be totally screwed. Which leads us to our next trigger...
The Petrodollar Totally Collapses, Green Energy Reigns, and the Beauty of MMT Shines Through
Saudi Arabia doesn’t care if it sells the US oil anymore—at least not in the way we want them to buy and sell oil to us and others. Few Americans realize that there is nothing backing up our currency except what we say it is worth in regards to—yeah, you guessed it—petroleum. There is no gold or silver in our vaults backing up the cash that our treasury prints or simply puts into zeroes and ones on a bank computer. It’s just so much worthless paper. (Read up on MMT or Modern Monetary Theory to see what I mean.)
When the Earth becomes too warm or too stormy because of Western nations burning fossil fuels for the past two hundred years, we will have to kick the fossil fuel habit. Petroleum will be worthless as will our money. Americans will be freed from a market economy that works only for the very rich. This could very well bring about a semi-peaceful revolution if those in charge graciously give up the game that somehow human beings come with price tags, and we all agree to work together in order to feed and nurture each other and build a society based upon green energy sources and practices instead. But then...
Somebody in a Position of Power Will Say Something Really, Really Stupid
I can see how Marie Antoinette saying to the French masses “Let them eat cake!” could piss them off and cause them to get out the pitchforks and guillotines. “Let them eat cake!” is insulting, and it rubs salt in the wounds of those who are hungry and struggling. But many powerful people say stupid, insulting, wounding things on a daily basis in the US, and the revolution hasn’t begun yet.
Just recently, Joe Biden sent billions of dollars to a proxy war in Ukraine so that ordinary Ukrainians could “have something in their pockets” without once blinking an eye at how that stupid, cruel statement sounded to poor, struggling Americans. He and his friends in their half of the duopoly claimed that they would give all Americans “$2,000 relief checks” but only $1,400 was forthcoming. The guillotines are still in their sheds. So saying stupid things, doing stupid things, and outright gaslighting and lying is nothing new. No one marches in the streets for very long about anything any American politician says. Maybe something else is needed?
The War Machine Will Figure It’s Time to Drop “The Bomb”
This could start—and end—the revolution in one day. I’ll say the threat of starting a nuclear war is more likely to upset a lot of people and possibly stir things up enough to get a multitude of protesters into the streets. But lately there are some pundits who state that nuclear war is winnable or claim that radiation isn’t all that lethal—at least it’s not lethal to them and theirs they figure. That’s probably because they are part of the elites who own underground bunkers in remote places like New Zealand. When you have such a vast disparity between “haves” (with bunkers) and “have nots” (the rest of us) does it make revolution impossible or inevitable if any country intentionally or accidentally drops a nuke on another country?
The War Profiteers Decide That Class Warfare Is Good for Business
This unsettling scenario takes the reality of our world and allows the war machine to twist it into its own sick and greedy end. And it’s the ultimate in cynicism. The capitalists figure that it’s easier to make money by watching the class divide widen and the poor and the rich become even more antagonistic and violent toward one another. The arms manufacturers sit back on the sidelines and sell arms to everyone… Because money is money and capitalists know no morality.
The revolution that takes place in this case most likely won’t be one where the working classes end up on top. War Profiteers won’t let their class lose. This means those with the most armaments and mercenaries will force their viewpoint upon the losers using violent and oppressive means. A military dictatorship would form and the corrupt system of capitalism will flourish the way it has for the past several hundred years in the West. Really, it’s just more of the same. We won’t know any different unless...
The Mainstream Media Pundits Tire of Shoveling Bullsh*t at Us (and Everyone Wakes Up to the Propaganda and Revolts)
I’m hopeful this scenario will happen sooner rather than later, but I’m a realist. When you have talking heads on TV news channels like Rachel Maddow making $30 million plus yearly, you’ve got a lot of greedy people who are willing to put their journalistic integrity to sleep. Can you blame them? It’s so easy to let the CIA and the Ministry of Truth give you your talking points, isn’t it?
The best we can hope for at the present time is to wake up as many people as possible by introducing them to independent journalism and refuting the lies put out by the MSM. Rad Indie Media is one such website where you can find links to many articles and podcasts that the mainstream media can’t be bothered with. But without an open mind will those who have been spoon-fed government propaganda for decades be able to learn to think for themselves? It might take a miracle or...
Aliens or Time Travelers from an Alternate Reality Arrive and Bring About World Equality and Peace
Wishful thinking, but maybe, just maybe, there’s somebody out there who wants us to survive as a species and are willing to come here and do all the heavy lifting. You wouldn’t believe how many people are hoping and praying for this to happen. Then again, maybe you’re one of them. Keep the faith but also keep fighting. If I were an alien (the thin, gray, big-eyed kind, not the undocumented kind likely to be deported) I would skip Earth and go elsewhere to find intelligent and compassionate life. Because until we demonstrate that we humans really care about each other, why should other life forms from other worlds give a sh*t about us?
Mutual Aid Networks and Other Community-Based Organizations Support the Working Classes as the Ruling Classes Fade Away
This is the sunniest of all scenarios when it comes to a peaceful revolution that replaces the death-worshiping, capitalist society in which we currently reside. The workers work around the dysfunctional system and take care of each other via mutual aid networks while the society of the 1% gradually falls apart through their own lack of cooperation.
Don’t worry, though. It’s possible that some of the super-wealthy will catch on and join the rest of us in sharing food, shelter, clothing, medicines and other aid. Maybe they feel trapped in those big mansions and yachts? You'll never know unless you try to liberate them from their prisons of wealth.
And number ten? That’s where you come in. Tell us what you think will be the defining moment, the trigger, that will lead Americans into a second revolution, a revolution of the proletariat, the workers, bringing about a more just and equitable society. Leave your comments below and don’t be afraid to come up with more positive scenarios. We could all do with some cheering up in these dark autumn days.
Power to the people!
How America's Descent Into A Failed State Will Happen, Step by Step https://rainershea.substack.com/p/how-americas-descent-into-a-failed
The Chris Hedges Report: Trauma, Addiction and Illness Under Capitalism https://scheerpost.com/2022/10/16/the-chris-hedges-report-dr-gabor-mate-on-trauma-addiction-and-illness-under-capitalism
Patrick Lawrence: The Non-West Coalesces https://scheerpost.com/2022/10/16/patrick-lawrence-the-non-west-coalesces/
The Profoundly Stupid Narrative That Nuclear Brinkmanship is Safety and De-Escalation is Danger https://caitlinjohnstone.substack.com/p/the-profoundly-stupid-narrative-that
The Capitalist State Is Deathly Afraid of Losing the Information War https://rainershea.substack.com/p/the-capitalist-state-is-deathly-afraid
Seen on Twitter:
Joe Biden will decriminalize & legalize cannabis right after he raises the federal minimum wage and cures cancer.— REVOLUTION IS THE ONLY SOLUTION (@jorymicah) October 17, 2022
If you were trying to avoid nuclear war you would be advocating for a negotiated peace.— 🇵🇸🅲🅷🆄🅲🅺🇾🇪🇸🇴 (@benigma2017) October 17, 2022
Instead you are trying to minimize the potential problems a nuclear strike would cause to strengthen your position AGAINST a negotiated peace.
Kinda hilarious how most US propaganda relies entirely on absolutely no one even slightly looking into their claims— 🎨 ⚒️Artsy Marxist Art ⚒️🎨 (@ArtsyMarxistAlt) October 16, 2022