Why Those Who Call For Revolution Are Dangerous, But Not Why You Think

The unwarranted aggression committed by police employees is so widespread, you don’t need to analyze mountains of statistics to see a pattern. In the discontent voiced in online forums and the street, you sometimes hear calls for revolution.

But a revolution is not the answer.

Certainly the idea of quickly dethroning the parasitic political class (and their enforcers) is appealing. But that’s as likely to happen as receiving actual protection from a person who demands “your money, or else.”


Those calling for revolution have a couple of things right. They recognize that the existing police state is not ideal and they advocate for a change. But their suggested remedy – an “out with the old and in with the new” – entirely ignores the underlying cause: a ruling class remains.

And since the underlying cause is not addressed, the problems won’t go away. It’s like cutting weeds from toxic soil and expecting flowers to grow in their place.

What is the Root of “Revolution”?

The word means “to revolve.” To go around in a circle, like a revolving door. That doesn’t sound too groundbreaking.

As Rose Wilder Lane wrote in The Discovery of Freedom: Man’s Struggle Against Authority:

From Nebuchadnezzar to Hitler, history is one long record of revolts against certain living rulers, and revolt against kinds of living Authority. When these revolts succeed, they are called revolutions. But they are revolutions only in the sense that a wheel’s turning is a revolution.

An Old World revolution is only a movement around a motionless center; it never breaks out of the circle. Firm in the center is the belief in Authority… [T]hey all take it for granted that some Authority controls individuals.

They replace the priest by a king, the king by an oligarchy, the oligarchs by a despot, the despot by an aristocracy, the aristocrats by a majority … there’s six thousand years of it, in every language. Every imaginable kind of living Authority has been tried, and is still being tried somewhere on earth now.

Lane wrote those poignant words in 1943.

An Alternative Which May Actually Work

While a revolution may sound, well, revolutionary, it’s essentially just a re-shuffling. The underlying system that positions some as masters and others as slaves remains untouched.

Isn’t it time we cease that destructive cycle? Isn’t it time we evolve?

If you are fed up with the institutionalized violence of police employees and their criminal cohorts, don’t give them – or their divisive paradigm – any legitimacy.

It’s as simple as that.

As A.J. Nock noted,

The only thing that an individual can do is to present society with one improved unit.

Stop regurgitating tired catch-phrases that simply perpetuate the statist quo. Take the time to invest in yourself. Check out the resources and ideas shared at CopBlock.org/Library.

One mind at a time, we will together prevail in this struggle.


Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.