All around the world we see varying levels of civil disobedience ranging from peaceful gatherings and protests from groups like Occupy to the more violent and deadly civil wars we see in places like Libya. In countries around the world and even in our great EU we regularly see the citizens taking to the street in protest against its Government and the decisions they make. Recently we saw the people of Spain take to the streets in response to a government proposal to make it illegal to speak ill of Spain, protest and burn the national flag. The Government decide to implement a law which will suppress the people and make it unlawful for them to oppose and they respond by taking to the streets, blockading Government buildings and showing their Government they will not be pushed around. They disobeyed without violence, injury or death and made their point very well.
(Note that there was little press coverage of this in the UK, it was touched briefly but mainstream media like the BBC didn’t stay with the story. A point I will come to shortly)
Here in the UK our own Government is tirelessly trying to privatise the country, make massive profit from the people, implementing policy and laws which are of no benefit to the nation but make it easier for employers to sack people, housing associations to move people or make them homeless, banks to fleece billions of pounds, businesses to avoid tax and they control the media to prevent the whole truth being revealed. David Cameron and his Selfservative Party are on a mission to divide the nation, leave the poor and needy to fend for themselves or die, line their own pockets and in his own words “re-shape Great Britain”. And in response to everything he and his party do, what do the people of Great Britain do? The vast majority do nothing except have a moan at work or the pub etc. They complain over social media and say “something should be done” but then don’t bother doing anything themselves. Apathy has gotten the better of the majority of our country. We have become lazy, a nation that expects somebody else to do something about it for them instead of standing up and being heard. And it is this attitude that the Government and our tyrant leader take advantage off.
Cameron and Co are doing all they can to divide the nation. A divided nation is easier to manipulate and control. A divided nation can not and will not join together and oppose its Government. A divided nation is far more obedient than a nation which is strongly bound and willing to stand together in the face of adversity and wrongdoing. Through lies and manipulated media the Government has brainwashed the nation making the majority of people obedient, spineless followers. Only around 25% of people possess a “rebellious gene” and will naturally stand up to authority and self styled leaders. The other 75% need to find that strength to stand up and be counted. People are afraid to join together and protest because they fear the repercussions which have been drilled home to us via the news.
The only time our national media shows public demonstrations or protests is when it “kicks off” and becomes violent so that they can focus on the thugs and idiots using it as an excuse for a fight rather than the reason for the gathering in the first place.
In 2011 when we had riots throughout the country and we saw mindless morons causing millions of pounds worth of damage and people getting injured the press were all over it. We saw shameful footage, courts were ordered to operate over the weekends, there were public campaigns to find the wanted suspects, we were kept up to date with the sentences that were given and left without any doubt that behaving in that way would come with harsh consequences. We see all to often groups such as the English Defence League (now allegedly disbanded) and United Against Fascism gathering and behaving in a violent, inappropriate manner and are notified on crimes committed and arrests made. All of this is part of the effort by Government to discourage the people from protesting and disobeying.
Think I am talking rubbish? Compare the amount of press coverage given to marches and protests which have even the smallest amount of criminality involved to marches which are peaceful yet effective, for example, November’s MILLION MASK MARCH which took place in London to oppose the government imposed austerity amongst other things. This event received very little national media attention at all. It received so little in fact that although I knew it was taking place, when I searched the internet on the night in question and watched the news I saw nothing. I actually believed it had been scrapped and so took to Twitter only see that many others were commenting on the complete lack of press coverage. I actually wonder whether it would have been mentioned by the press at all had it not been for comedian/actor Russell Brand, who supports and calls for complete revolution, being in attendance and tweeting along the way.
The fact is, the Government want the nation to be spineless, obedient followers who are more than entitled to have a moan about the state of things but will thinks twice before standing up and actually DOING something about it. For that reason they control the flow of media and scare monger with tales of long prison sentences and ruined lives for people who dare disobey.
Nobody in power likes a rebel. Nobody in power wants the boat being rocked. People who speak out and stand up to the lies spouted by government are belittles and ridiculed, harassed and threatened, punished or worse. All our lives we are discouraged from questioning authority. At school all but a few would argue back to teachers. You would be punished for questioning their authority and punished again if you dared try to justify it to your parents. At work you are not thought well of if you constantly question your managers and in the military and Police you can be disciplined for questioning orders and instructions. People in power fear the rebels of society. God knows I have fallen out with my fare share of teachers and senior ranks in my time. If I disagree with something or believe somebody is acting in an unjust manner then I am not a person to sit back and obey because society dictates they are in power and we must do as we are told.
If you are tired of the lies, the hypocrisy, the corruption and the manipulation of this Government then you need to open your eyes to the games they play and the tactics they use to force you into submission and obedience and you must begin to question authority. Speak out. Publish blogs. Write to MP’s, the press and other organisations. Get involved in planned peaceful marches and demonstrations. Be brave and don’t allow your courage to be suppressed any longer. Stand up, Disobey and DO SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF.
BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD
It is not possible to make the mega rich politicians, bankers and business men and women who control this country understand the suffering they’re causing by obeying the rules and conforming to their standards and rules. The time for apathy has passed, the time for action is long overdue.
We all know that behaving like violent thugs, destroying property and attacking others is not only disgusting and inhumane behaviour but it achieves nothing. Throughout history and even today we are shown that this kind of action costs billions, loses lives and achieves little if anything at all. Just look at the last time the “peasants revolted” against similar tyranny in 1381. All were hunted down by the kings men and killed. In 2011 the “revolting peasants” were hunted down and jailed. It does very little to influence change and plays directly into the hands of the “leaders”.
Planning and partaking in large peaceful and effective protests and demonstrations however makes people sit up and listen. One of my favourite movie scenes ever is at the end of the film V FOR VENDETTA when the British public come together and march to Whitehall and Downing street and simply stand silently and peacefully in the street wearing the Guy Fawkes mask. Whenever I watch it I picture David Cameron, George Osborne and Theresa May looking out of their office windows and shaking in their boots. Effective, peaceful, makes a huge impact and there is no way on earth it could be ignored.