The French Revolution changed the face of mankind the social structure of who we are because people were angry and demanded change that was not materializing. When those in the aristocracy and clergy went along with rules that always favored them in a time of want, those under them rose up and had their heads on a platter. There will always be those who are in power. There will always be factions that curry favor and are above the law because of who they are. There will always be the rich and the powerful, but there is one thing that they cannot escape, and that is the wrath of the mob. Those who are powerful can escape prison sentences, skirt laws, not pay taxes, and commit murder with impunity, but the one thing they are not above is the anger of the mob. Remember that when you think you hold no power.
Mob mentality is not always great as it can lead to unjust lynchings, mass hysteria, and general havoc, but it can also bring about revolution. The anger of the mob is what elected Donald Trump and that means it is not something to be ignored. It may not always be right, but we must acknowledge that there is much power there and that it transcends those with money and high positions. The French Revolution brought about many modern changes, but it also brought the death of many innocent people who were swept up in the search for equality. Sometimes, in the fight for equality, you forget that the people you oppose are still the people you should fight for and infringe on their rights.
If we are to progress forward, there must be anger from the mob, because for so long, the elite rich have taught us not to envy them their ‘earned’ pay. That we are not to question what they do with their money because they have worked for it, and as such, we have bought into this idea because we decry those who misuse five hundred dollars of food stamps, but do not bat an eye when the Koch brothers’ PAC gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, who then spent $65,000 on independent expenditures in support of Governor Scott Walker, whose bill to kill collective bargaining rights for public-sector unions has sparked many protests across Wisconsin. Or how about a private concert thrown by David Bonderman that cost $7 million? How is it that we have been conditioned to be upset about poor people who misuse their government allowances, but not the millions of dollars that are wasted on lavish parties and politics? Where is the outrage?
If they keep your outrage at bay long enough and tell you that you can’t be upset at them because they have actually ‘earned’ their money, they hope you will direct your anger about your situation else where and blame those who supposedly do not work for their keep and are asking for hand outs. When you do that, you keep the revolution at bay and won’t go after the rich and powerful because you believe that they get away with everything all the time anyways. So you start to believe that they have a right to spend their money as they please because they ‘earned’ it, while you barely survive paycheck to paycheck like a large majority of Americans. How long can you live like this until you realize that the power of the mob is stronger than the power of the rich? It has taken down kings and men of God alike, and it will fuel a new revolution.