Is Revolution Possible?


OK is revolution possible in our modern world and more importantly is peaceful revolution possible.

There have been peaceful revolutions in the past, it all depends on whether the ruling classes think they can overcome an angry public or not. Take Iceland for example, when their banks failed big time in 2008 the people were not having it and managed to get the resignation of the entire government of the country. They nationalized the bank, had a referendum enabling the people to determine their own economic system, incarcerated the responsible parties, and rewrote the Iceland Constitution. With a population of over 325 thousand it may be a little easier to get things done, easier to bring people together in a single cause and not get bogged down with other issues.

That’s what is important, having a clear goal that everyone can work together on.

Iceland’s Amazing Peaceful Revolution

How to start a revolution: Learn from Iceland!


Revolution in Czechoslovakia

How about the Velvet Revolution in former Czechoslovakia, or should I say the Gentle Revolution as the Slovaks used from the beginning.

On November 16, 1989, Slovak high school and university students organized a peaceful demonstration in the centre of Bratislava. The next day, November 17, 1989 riot police suppressed a big student demonstration in Prague. That event started a series of demonstrations from November 19 to late December. By November 20, the number of protesters assembled in Prague had grown from 200,000 the previous day to an estimated 500,000. A two-hour general strike involving all citizens of Czechoslovakia was held on November 24. On November 27, the entire top leadership of the Communist Party, including General Secretary Miloš Jakeš, resigned. The Communist Party announced on November 28 that it would give up power and give up the single party state. On December 10 they had their first largely non-communist government since 1948. I June 1990, Czechoslovakia had its first democratic elections since 1946.

As far as the history goes no one was killed during this revolution, so it is possible that a people can get real change when they are organized and working together as a single unit for a single cause.


The Velvet Revolution

Revolution in Leipzig

East German dissidents had been meeting in an 800 year old church in Leipzig for nearly 10 years. At first a few people met to pray and talk politics, but over the years this increased and by 9 October 1989 there were 8,000 inside and more outside that could not fit in.  Pastor Christian Fuehrer said “When we came out of the church there were so many people expressing themselves and demanding their freedom.” During the autumn of 1989 the movement had gone national there were up to 100,000 on the streets in Leipzig despite warnings from the Stasi. In the end the police did nothing, which gave the movement more momentum and peaceful demonstrations spread out across East Germany.

This all helped to bring about the collapse of the Berlin wall and not many people really knew of the demonstrations in East Germany that started in Leipzig a decade earlier, the media instead concentrating on the collapse of the wall. It was the people who did it, they have the power to do anything they want so long as they get organised.

We are the People

OK so most revolutions were not peaceful and people died, but peaceful revolution has been possible given the right circumstances. Human societies need revolution every now and again in order to progress and keep in check the ruling classes who mean to keep people subservient.

The people have more power than they realise, if enough people just say no, then there is nothing the ruling classes can do about it.



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