We are seeing the violence erupt across the West.
It started in North Africa, spread to the Middle East and then jumped to America. From America it popped up like brush fires in Europe and former European colonies across the world.
Wherever the violence erupted it had different names. In North Africa and the Middle East there was simply a call for freedom form whichever dictator ruled that country. there are only two countries left where dictators still rule: Syria and Yemen.
In the U.S., the violence took on the name of “Occupy” which essentially means “Non-Violence.” However, when the “occupiers” arrived the police, under orders from the government, initiated violence with the use of tear gas and batons.
Any scientific observer witnessing these events around the world would have noticed some common characteristics:
- The rebels are almost all young and from educated backgrounds.
- Their demands are the same: “Remove the inequities found in our society!” The “inequities” refer to the distribution of wealth.
In the oil producing countries, wealth was concentrated in the hands of the dictators and their families and sycophants–exactly as in the days of the royal aristocracy.
In the so-called “democratic” countries, where governments pretend to represent the people, but, in reality, represent big business, the inequality of wealth is so enormous, that it can no longer be hidden.
The young students who are assembling have concluded, rightfully, that one percent of the population in the so called “democratic” countries own ninety-nine percent of the wealth.
And the students, although they have an education, are burdened with huge loans fostered on them by a government which works as a conduit of the banking system.
The obvious nature of this inequality throughout the West is the source of the violence which is pervading all Western societies.
THE TECHNICAL FACTOR
It is unlikely that the present rebellions could have taken place in the past. Today, people everywhere have a new weapon: communication.
Knowing that the vast majority of the population is on your side, allows these movements to proceed with impunity.
Rebels are no longer coerced by government forces which can be seen as limited in number. Even the members of the police and army are aware that if the rebels succeed, their lives will be in danger. As a consequence, defections from the police and army are rising as fear enters the minds of all government employees.
In Europe the Banking System rules. The leaders of governments are scurrying to protect their favorite banks which provide them with luxurious life styles.
But, the people are slowly realizing that it is their money which provides the banks and their politicos with the capital for their sumptuous life styles and their unheard of profits.
The various populations of Europe are now deciding whether the cost of maintaining a Common Market, that benefits banks and large corporations the most, is in their personal interest.
The overriding bureaucratic apparatus that now controls every tiny nicety of European life, from the use of raw milk in cheese, to the traffic signs on roadways, is an expense that did not exist in the past. Is the weight of this harness, that each European citizen must bear, worth the labor it entails? People are questioning that fact in Europe.
In America they are questioning how so much wealth arrived in so few hands.
In North Africa and the Middle East, people are wondering how dictators flourished for over half a century.
The answers to these questions are bubbling up. The rebellions and their consequent social changes will probably continue for decades.