How to Use People Power to Bring Down the Government

Let’s look at the lessons of Tunisia and Egypt’s recent people power uprisings.

Let’s analyze briefly the use  and the role of people power in bringing down the ruling regime on the example of, say, the United States and/or Britain.

Can it be done?

Yes, it can be done but it all depends on the number of protesters willing to get involved. As oppressive  and as long-entrenched as the regimes in Britain and America are, they don’t have the guts (if not the desire) to use full force to drown their own citizens in a blood bath, especially when (and if) the numbers are not on their side.

It’s all in the numbers really, and the arithmetic of these numbers is very simple — the more, the merrier.

Here’s an empirical hierarchy of protester numbers correlated to the likely effect of their protests.

Suppose, a “day of anger” to bring down the government is arranged to be held on a central square in Washington or London.

  • If fewer than 1,000 protesters come to take part in the protests — they will be ignored.
  • If anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 come — they will likely be beaten up by the police and the regime’s security forces.
  • If over 50,000 come — they will beat up the police and security forces good, if nothing else.
  • And if over 500,000 come and sustain their presence — the regime will collapse within hours rather than days — even in America and/or in Britain, which however can be speeded up even more if the protesters start occupying certain strategic “regime” buildings and locations, such as the White House and the Capitol in Washington DC and Downing Street 10 and the Houses of Parliament in London. It’s a good idea to try to occupy peacefully but forcefully at this stage the buildings housing the military and the intelligence services too — like the Pentagon in Washington, and the MoD buildings and the Secret Services HQ in London.

See, it can be done. And without staging any violent uprising or a coup or anything. Just the awesome effect of people power.

The only requisite thing is that the required number of people must be willing and able to come (small matter that).

That’s the lesson of Tunisia & Egypt then, I think.

It can be done.

Is it time for regime change to come back home to roost?

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