Occupy Wall Street: You say you want a revolution? (With video)
Well, you know… we all want to change the world.
But as we work through the next weeks, it’s important to remember where we’ve been, so we can get where we actually want to go, and not get steered down another dead end.
One of the wonderful things about this revolution is the lack of leadership. Leaders can be useful, but too often, the kind of leader that can lead you successfully through a nasty and difficult revolution… is the last person on the planet you’d want in charge once the revolution is over and you just want to get back to leading a peaceful, happy life (See: Mao, Lenin, Stalin, etc.).
We were lucky in America – our revolutionaries turned out to be some pretty decent guys once they were brought to power. Even the excesses of, for instance, John Adams, were relatively minor, although they did come back to haunt him and make him our first one-term President (See: Alien and sedition acts)
Here’s John Lennon’s take on that theme…