July 2016 – INDEPENDENCE DAY – It was an Age of decadence, hedonism, and opulence. Bling, Reality Stars and Versailles Court Culture, Elite class privilege, the ever-widening divide between the rich and poor, political corruption, government ruled by political families – the world has seen it all before and radically overthrew it in one of the most violent revolutions in human history. The French Revolution brought an end to European monarchies, aristocratic privileges. It diluted the power of the Catholic Church and ushered in a new age of constitutional and parliamentary democracy across most of Europe. 227 years after the first shots were fired on the streets of Paris and the French King Louis XVI was overthrown – modern bureaucrats still haven’t learned their lesson about the collective voice of the proletariat, the influence of radical new ideologies, and the power of populist uprisings.
Low wage domestic jobs coupled with foreign outsourcing that prop up corporations and multinationals, economic trade federations which dissolve or dilute national sovereignty, conflicting ideologies, the widening gap between the rich and poor, the loss of civil liberties, corrupt politicians who steal public money and are out of touch with their constituency, a hedonistic culture who cares more about the next thrill than righting the next wrong, high taxation and endless wars that drain the national treasury, lack of immigration reform, government mass surveillance of its citizenry, the confiscation of guns in the U.S., popular culture increasing being dictated by people devoid of culture, and the rising cost of living are all key hot-button issues that could collectively work to overthrow a society. The Arab Spring, the French workers’ strikes, the Brazilian Protests, and BREXIT may only be the beginning… -Alvin Conway