Falling Down

It’s worth remembering that the advanced and relatively civilized condition of our present society is the product of men who believed this:

“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. . . . [W]hen a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

Declaration of Independence (emphasis added).

They had a strong understanding that governments could grow illegitimate and that modification to them, even by violent means, might in certain cases be inescapable. So, when we view civil disobedience through only the lens of crime or thuggery we forget our politically philosophical roots. At the same time, there is certainly some “revolution” that amounts to no more than just that — crime.

Whatever box London may be, I cannot say. Our most violent protest has always seemed to exist at the corners of preexisting marginalization and present atrocity. In other words, some government or law enforcement injustice sparks the dry kindling of more longstanding oppression. In some ways the riots in London fit this bill and in others it does not.

Wealth inequality is indisputably a widening delta. Whether reactionaries to the death of Mark Duggen are responding to these broader injustices, on conscious or subconcious levels, is hard to measure. But, Europe is not the only house built of dry timber. For all the profits of our National Football League, there are larger and more struggling groups of people than ever before right here at home.

And, you say you want a revolution . . .

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Today’s song blog here:

London Bridge Is

P.S. This is my 100th post!

3 thoughts on “Falling Down

  1. If only people could reason with General Woundworts or get answers out of Cowslips, dissent might be a more peaceful endeavor.

  2. Great post on civil disobedience. This subject’s been on my mind since moving over to the islands, as there’s quite a revolution happening over here as we speak.

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