The True Cost of Successfully Winning a Revolution
We are not all built the same. Together we stand; unfortunately divided we fall.
I am writing this article on the evening after the first day back to school for many British Columbians, where the majority of teachers reluctantly ratified a six-year deal. For several weeks my Twitter and Facebook newsfeed was flooded with posts from various groups – mostly BCTF supporters with the odd BC Liberal supporter arguing that the teachers were being greedy. Although, I am glad to see students back in school, I believe nothing substantial was accomplished from this recent strike that will significantly improve the quality of public education. If I am not mistaken, this recent strike was for the sake of the children; only time will tell if the union made the right decision.
Around the same time late last week, when the teachers were casting their votes to end their strike, across the ocean was a historical election that would determine if Scotland would break away from the UK. The world was paying close attention to a vote that could’ve drastically shifted various investment & currency markets. More importantly, history could’ve been made where a single vote could give Scotland their freedom with minimal to no casualties (there may have been a few riots had Yes Scotland won). Various regions across the globe were living vicariously through Scotland as a driving force to start push forward with their revolutions (i.e. Catalonia wishing to separate from Spain, and many more check out the current list ). For those living under a rock, or simply don’t have time for important news; Yes Scotland lost to Better Together (No Vote).
So what do both of these events have in common?
Surprisingly they have a lot in common. After the dust settled and the ballots were all filed away, the media shared a similar message with both events, which was something along the lines of: “This is only the beginning! This event has started a conversation across the land.” Many could argue that discussing matters in greater details to prepare for the next vote is effective, but does it really work? How often do people wait patiently for their next opportunity to change their vote? Time is mankind’s greatest asset and most dangerous enemy at the same time. If we were to look at the steps of starting a revolution we can see how time can be utilized and hold us back at the same time.
- Know your Goal
- Build Support and Consensus
- Educate yourself and others about every aspect of the idea of the revolution
- Understand that one of the most important aspects of a revolution is that the people are angry
- Put together intentions which must be very popular among the population
- Find like-minded people who are ready for action
- Take Action
- Work for collective liberation, because everyone’s liberation is tied to each other’s
- Demonstrate the popularity of the movement to the people of power, legislature, and military
- Realize that a drastic political or social revolution is almost always about freedom
In today’s world time is money. It is very difficult to keep most people engaged for a long period of time; unless you have a bottomless budget (almost impossible these days) to buy media time and blast your message around the clock. Even if you have the platform, it is often difficult to define a single movement without it quickly breaking away into different causes.
So how do we overcome these obstacles?
Before a revolution begins, it is important to establish a realistic timeline. Once a timeline is established, it is up to the organizers to prepare participants to save up for the imminent financial drought (say goodbye to potentially making a living). A group that is resourceful can almost always outlast their opponent(s). Had the BCTF union prepared BC teachers a year or two in advance to save up 6-12 months of living expenses, they could’ve succeeded in their strike. The same could be said for the Scottish Independence vote, if there was an ironclad plan to protect pensioners and families in Scotland to survive for a few years, while they established their new nation; Yes Scotland could have won by a landslide.
So I guess it is fair for me to announce my revolution. It is time that we prioritize financial literacy in the classroom. We need to teach our children the importance of being financially responsible before they are presented with complex financial/life changing decisions that get passed off as a simple investment decision. An educated, well informed population would always be better off. If schools don’t have the resources to add to their arsenal to promote financial literacy, then we need to support the private sector to supply public education with cost effective resources to improve financial literacy.
Get ready! We will do our part one line of code at a time.