Friday, May 5, 2017

You Can't Have a Revoltuion Without Education, Part 1

When people hear the word "Revolution" it brings to mind different things for different people. Some people automatically think of the American Revolution and the Founding Fathers, such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, some people think of the French Revolution and Guillotines, and some people think of the Cuban Revolution and Central/South American Revolutions. But these ideas are often very vague. You can not have a Revolution without Education about Societal structures and previous Revolutions.

Here are various Revolutionaries, many of which were part of successful Revolutions.

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This is Mohamed Boudiaf who was a leader of the National Liberation Front (FLN) in Algeria. At the time Algeria was a French Colony. The French ruled Algeria from across the Mediterranean with a mix of bureaucracy and force, failing to win hearts and minds. The National Liberation Front built slowly and eventually exploded across Algeria and pushed the French out of Algeria using various tactics including Guerilla warfare.


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This is Gandhi, who was a primary part of the Indian Independence movement, which started due to an apartheid system in which the Indian people were considered racially inferior within their own country. During this time there were many Revolutionaries, including many which were hung by the British and the Dutch imperialists, but Gandhi was the main Revolutionary which gained independence for India by getting Indians to disobey laws en mass, which clogged the system and caused the Imperial state to fail.



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This is Che Guevara, who was a wealthy physician from Argentina who took a road trip on a Motorcycle and saw the plight of the working class and began the Cuban Revolution which was eventually won by Fidel Castro.



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This is Pancho Villa who was the Commander of the Northern forces in the Mexican Revolution which started due to problems with the Presidential Electoral system in Mexico mixed with an extremely centralized Government where the President had "Political Bosses" running various regions of Mexico under him. The Mexican Revolution was a full blown armed conflict similar to the American Civil war.


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This is the Ayatollah Khomeini who became the leader of Iran after the Iranian Revolution. The Iranian Revolution occurred after Britain decided to install the Shah as the leader of Iran in order to take control of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company of Iran, which is now called British Petroleum (BP).


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This is Jean-Paul Marat, who was a major leader in the French Revolution. You have probably heard the phrase "Let them eat cake" and while this may seem like it was a harmless phrase, it comes from a time when French people were having so many economic problems that they could not even make bread, and Marie Antoinette said "Let them eat cake" while she and the other members of her class were not experiencing the any of the economic issues of the French people. Jean-Paul Marat engineered much of the French Revolution from a bathtub, as he had a rare condition which forced him to stay in the water. This is the Revolution where Guillotines were used to chop off the heads of the upper class, and did not end until the advent of Photography, which showed the beheading in their raw form rather than as artist depictions.

Part 2 coming soon.

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