Rebellion and Revolution
After reading 1984 yesterday, I realized that I neglected one of the Newspeak/doublethink phrases:
Freedom is Slavery
Then, today, I read the following from a Phineas Quimby article:
The difference between rebellions and revolutions is this. Revolution is headed by the liberty party of all the world. Rebellion is got up by the aristocracy for their benefit and the enslavement of the many. Now the idea that a revolution and a rebellion depend on circumstances to change the name is wrong. But as all governments are founded on revolutions, the idea of revolution was right to a certain extent; but when a government is formed on the popular voice of the people, that is the answer to all the questions of self-government. For if a government cannot stand against a rebellion, waged against liberty, it clearly shows that the time for revolutions to cease has not arrived. But when all will admit that the people themselves are the government and to destroy the voice of the people is to destroy the government, then any act perpetrated against the liberties of the people must necessarily come under the head of rebellion; for the change must bring anarchy, aristocracy and despotism.Quimby, Phineas. Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond (pp. 174-175). Phineas Parkhurst Quimby Resource Center. Kindle Edition.
Of course, Quimby is writing from experience within the American Civil War, so he has a certain mindset, which might not match our own. But the question of rebellion and revolution is raised.
Ah, that makes sense. But when revolution from one system of enslavement changes to another system of enslavement, where’s the freedom? And that’s why I’m asking the question.
Rise up, people…
(On government…) But as it has in this element no wisdom, it acts against its own reason, for when it wants freedom, it will enslave its opponent.
Quimby, Phineas. Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond (p. 177). Phineas Parkhurst Quimby Resource Center. Kindle Edition.