Robert Ringer

Forget About Violent Revolution

By Robert Ringer - Monday, July 8, 2013

Recently, a friend and I were discussing the expansion of criminality in the ranks of Washington’s power elite, which prompted him to ask, “With the dramatic increase in the purchase of firearms and ammunition by private citizens since Obama took office, when will the general populace say ‘Enough!’ and resort to violence to overthrow the oligarchy in Washington?”

The answer, I told him, is never.  Forget about it.  It’s not going happen.  There will be no violent revolution in the United States, for a number of reasons.

If you look at the three great Western revolutions of the past two and half centuries — the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia in the early part of the 20th century, the French Revolution in the last decade of the 18th century, and the American Revolution in the latter part of the 18th century, conditions were totally different than those in 21st century America.

People in all three countries were living under dictatorships, but there was one big difference between America on the one hand and France and Russia on the other.  While the average American had a hard life compared to today’s Americans, most people were able to provide the basic necessities of life for their families.  But in France and Russia, the masses lived in unimaginable squalor and poverty.

Another difference was that the landowners and wealthy gentry in America were not part of the ruling class, and resented their British masters arbitrarily taking part of what they earned through the threat of force.  Their counterparts in France and Russia, however, were arm in arm with the ruling class, so they had no interest in change.

The Declaration of Independence was not a politically correct document.  It stated, in a straightforward manner, that it not only was the people’s right, but their duty, to throw out their rulers and set up a new government.  This was unheard of in the annals of recorded history.  Again, one of the unique factors was that wealthy Americans had something to fight for, and they made up their minds that they were willing to die rather than remain under British rule.

But what about the proletariat in early America?  Why were they willing to risk their lives?  Perhaps it was for the opposite reason:  While most were not living in abject poverty, they still had very little to lose and a great deal to gain:  freedom.

Now, here we are today, with the opposite kind of country the Founding Fathers envisioned and fought for.  Yet, neither the wealthy nor the working class will lift a finger to overthrow the power elite in Washington, an elite that answers to no one and disavows the Constitution itself.

The ruling class can spy on American citizens at will, funnel illegals (future voters) across our borders, and employ its monopoly on the use of force not only to extract what it wants from each citizen’s earnings, but have its thugs make life miserable for anyone who so much as hints at wanting to revert to a society based on liberty.

But revolution?  No, as I said, it’s not going to happen, for at least two reasons.  The first is that today’s average American — even most so-called poor Americans – owns an automobile, a home with heating and air conditioning, running water, and other amenities, a computer, a smartphone, an iPod, a flat-screen TV, and an endless array of other luxuries-turned-necessities that the colonists could not have fathomed.  He’s also gotten used to those once-a-week golf outings, two-week vacations in the Caribbean, and eating out two or three nights a week.

Friends, we are not living in Colonial America.  This is the United States of Socialism, and most Americans like things just the way they are, thank you.  Sure, we have a couple hundred million guns stashed away, but who’s going to use them to overthrow the government?  Who wants to become another Ruby Ridge or Waco victim?

Anyone caught engaging in violence against a government official is kidding himself if he believes his actions will inspire the anti-government crowd to bear arms and take to the streets.  The British didn’t have tanks, planes, rocket launchers, drones, and poisonous gas when the colonists rebelled.  The power elite that now rules America has all of these weapons — and more — at its disposal.

Oh, sure, people love to shout slogans and talk about revolution.  But, when push comes to shove, they will not do anything so extreme that it might upset their comfortable lifestyle.  This is especially true of those who depend primarily on the government for their subsistence.  If you can live well without working, why in the world would you revolt?

But there’s an even more important reason why a violent overthrow of America’s ruling class will never happen.  The power elite have been clever enough to long ago make an alliance with big business and thereby be able to count on them as allies in helping to maintain the status quo.  Had King George been smart enough to lock in the support of the wealthiest Founding Fathers, there never would have been a revolution.

And when I refer to big business, I’m including the film industry, television, and professional sports, all of which are crucial when it comes to keeping people happy and sedated.  The government doesn’t want LeBron James’ money.  His salary is peanuts to them.  It’s focused on pilfering ever greater amounts from the middle class, because that’s where the real money is.

So the LeBron Jameses are nothing more than highly paid, useful idiots.  It’s important to the oligarchy that the proletariat continues to idolize athletes with dreadlocks and tattoo-covered bodies, as well as famous showbiz decadents, because they help distract them from thinking about such unpleasant activities as revolution.

So, sorry dear reader, but there will be no violent revolution in America — at least not in the next fifty years.  But take heart.  People who use their wits and are not taken in by the lies they hear from the media and the ruling class will always find a way not only to make money, but (to borrow from the title of Harry Browne’s classic book) to find freedom in an unfree world.

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0 Responses to “Forget About Violent Revolution”

  1. texas wolfie says:

    Hmmm, I disagree. I have never seen this many very capable people, this angry. Maybe not total Revolution, but there shall be blood. (Note top all you guys in the black suburbans, Not by me. I am peaceful and completely non-violent!)

  2. John Eslinger says:

    Boy, this is profound and really makes sense!

  3. Kerr Mudgeon says:

    Fat and happy with modern version of bread and circuses — fast food and sports.

  4. Reality Seeker says:


    For as long as the "bread and circus" continues the ignorant masses will not attempt a violent overthrow of Washington.

    The average Roman never knew the Roman Empire was falling; therefore, there wasn't a Roman revolution per se; so, too, the average amerikan doesn't perceive the decline of his country into hegemonism; however, when the government checks fail to provide a modern amerikan-lifestyle, the violence then begins, but not for more freedom; No! "Never" a revolt for more freedom, because amerikans are too f***ing dimwitted for that.

    What will happen instead?

    When the government checks and the Federal Reserve Notes fail to deliver the goods and services, the ignorant masses will demand that one of their statist leaders become a hegemon. This, in turn, will lead to widespread violence, but, perhaps not an all out revolution. Individuals like Adam Kokesh will indeed take up arms, if pushed too far, but will it lead to anything meaningful?

    Time will tell……

  5. guest says:

    Ringer thinks armed insurrection is the only way to ever consider overthrow on the government. Not even close.Identifying vulnerabilities is the answer. By not using the post office, we could shut them down. By not using gas from certain stations, we could close them down. By informed debate,we could, en masse, attract loads of negative attention to our so-called schools, the incubators of our nincompoop children with autism, ADHD, and materialism el grande. The ultimate weapon is leadership that catalyzes organized resistance and that is what we lack. Sure, Americans are knee deep in debt and that's a critical situation. However, 300 million can rise up against the likes of DHS and other allied tentacles of the effusively repulsive government and put the brakes on the whole show. Look beyond this foolish reliance on guns, guns which are likely to be confiscated under der Kenyan Fuhrer.

  6. bullwink says:

    OOOOOOOOps, by not buying cable we could shut down the industry ? it's in the schools, hmmm, ya got all these old people, unemployed people, and gov't employees
    THEY ALL VOTE ! nationality, IQ, race, politics of class warfare
    The Many against the FEW
    A Society that does not honor virtue is DOOMED
    I Have to watch Tennis (underpants) on TV now
    make money the old fashioned way earn it !
    Robert you have helped me see the truth as the only thing of beauty, most believe in the bright shiny lie…….OBAMA IS what USA is ! largely w/out merit or honor

  7. Paul Anthony says:

    Robert is right about the tranquility of the masses. Most have been lulled into submission with government assistance and diversions provided by the sports and entertainment industries (most of which are Democrats).
    If the government checks stopped flowing, we might have something resembling the French Revolution – we got a taste of it with the Occupy movement.
    But there is a growing discontent among the actual producers in this country. No, they will not take to the streets with violence, but they DO want to change government. The Tea Party has demonstrated that will.
    The problem is: we are about evenly divided between those who want more from the government and those who want less government.
    There won't be a revolution, but there might be a civil war.

  8. GCH says:

    Showbiz and sports are the 21st. century version of Soma pills – remember "Brave New World"?
    As far as guns go they may be effective as used in the novel "Term Limits" by the late, great Vince Flynn. Hmmmm?
    You would have to have the military on your side and that ain't gonna happen because they too are aligned with the totalitarian mindset of the government.
    As "Reality Seeker" says, "Americans are too f***ing dimwitted".

  9. Common Sense says:

    This article makes me think of the North Korean leader; he was bluffing like his dad; I could tell because he has too much to lose, with a pretty wife, wealth, power, he has his whole life ahead of him, and was smiling in one newspaper's picture.

  10. Andrew John says:

    Obama has postponed the employer mandate to Obamacare. Why? Because he wants to ensure that the individual mandate takes hold first and does so with force of the DOJ behind him.

    For those few brave souls who defy the mandate, there is jail. Thus, a year into the individual mandate the lesson learned by those Americans who work for a business will be: get in line or else.

    Absolutely brilliant on Obama's part. The 2014 elections could have been the Tea Parties best chance to get a republican senate to vote out Obamacare. Outside of the TP, no one is gonna dare the Federales through any revolution.

    But by implementing individual mandate first, he employs divide and conquer strategy. Show what you mean by taking down those few unfortunate, and individual souls who cherish freedom.

    Obamacare is as bad for individual freedom as the EPA organization is against a cheap and energy free America. Folks, I agree with Robert but I will say it simpler: we're toast!

  11. Teri says:

    Keep the faith people. Once this country tanks and the ones with an IQ of a rock die off, this will be a great country again.

  12. guest says:

    Giving the commie president credit for “brilliance with deceit” says nothing about the fact that the huge monied Tarantulas in business, banking, MI complex, etc do the heavy thinking. They have more to profit and besides, Obama is totally controlled by the Committee of 300 and other agencies that have him gasping for air due to massive testicular strangulation applied to him via blackmail, bribes, and other niceties that make us think “he’s in charge”. He is not in charge, he’s just another follower freakshow.

  13. dan says:

    Ringer is correct in his analysis of the situation. However, never say never!
    A breakdown in the civil society will invariably result in violence. Let us work for a political revolution, instead of a shooting revolution. That is the very reason that the Constitution was established — in order to give the people a means for thwarting tyranny.

  14. david says:

    Oh I thought the commie from Kenya was going to really start the revolution now that he doesn't have to worry about reelection… as Rush says to his moron flock, "look out now!"

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