I like you. You're smart. This is fun...

I didn’t mean it ironically. I meant it.

I don’t know how to respond to the notion about accessibility. On the one hand, there’s never been an “accessible” revolution by your definition. And on the other, there never has been an entirely successful one either. But I cannot conceive of how anyone could make one “accessible” to “everyone.” That is something of a false Maoist ideal. Or something even worse.

If it takes burning the system down, then burn the system down.

But if “burning the system down” means dispensing with everyone who disagrees with you, what are you achieving?

You see, I’ve not only confronted “burning the system down” and studied “burning the system down” but spent a while living “burning the system down” and discovered that killing a bunch of people along the way is what it takes.

And you ultimately wind-up reproducing what you are replacing, or worse. Study history and you see it over and over. Human beings are no better today than they were a few centuries ago. If they were better, if we had improved somehow over the Hobbsean brutes, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are.

YOU might have rainbows and unicorns in YOUR heart, but not every soldier at your side will while you burn that system down. Remember that. And sooner or later they will start to resent your unicorns, too. I believe it is something called the lust for power (that, my friend, was irony...you leave home when you are fourteen in order to change the world, and you too will develop an ironic personality).

Again, I cannot emphasize this more, the younger generations are seeking change more than the older generations did. In some ways. But it still isn’t enough.

It might be some last vestige of hope inside me—and believe me, it would be the last based upon where I live and what I’ve seen—but I would like to think that what has happened with the BLM protests, especially over the past four years, and most especially since Brianna Taylor was murdered, is a direct result of Trump. That if not for his presence, the mass police violence would not have occurred or would not have been so great and widespread.

But it is precisely those protests, and the response to them, that I am speaking about.

Do you realize how many people are drifting away from the very idea of protest because of the violence? Just as they did in the 60s and 70s? When the protests devolved into the “Me Generation”? Look around you. The increase in violence during these protests—so much of it caused by instigators from without—is pushing people AWAY FROM CHANGE.

In this country, at least, at no time since the Revolutionary period have young people had an equivalent opportunity to work in the halls of power. There have been moments, call them spurts, when “youth movements” have been noted by historians, usually during postwar or post-Depression periods. But these youth movements are usually the 30- and 40-year-olds grabbing an important seat here and there, nothing more.

You think what AOC went through with Pelosi was unusual? Read what John Boehner went through with Michelle Bachmann. Young people not named Kennedy have always had a rough time.

You expect a handful of people in Congress with virtually no outside support (and I am, once again, talking about large numbers) to accomplish major change in a short period of time? Good luck.

That was my point entirely. If they don’t get that groundswell of outside support; if we cannot get more people like them into federal and state legislatures...to change the laws and dominate both the culture and businesses that are ruining the land...

Then the game is over.

And, yes, people EVERYWHERE will be burning systems down. Around every corner, in every nation, there will be a dozen little Hitlers waiting to enforce “The Law” in his or her community. For their benefit. Of course!

Burn the system down, now, and you’ll end up with that sooner. It’s written in every history book not written by the people who burned their system down.

I’m sad because I’m going to die before ever getting the opportunity to see if this thing works out in a positive fashion. You...I don’t even know how old you are but I’m going to bet you’re young enough to have that chance. I cry thinking that it may not happen. Not for me, since I’m not going to be here.

I keep hearing the younger generations talking on and on about empathy. I’ve been hearing about empathy since I was a small child. I would like, for once, to see someone other than the Dalai Lama actually show some empathy. That’s who I first heard about it from, when I was a small child. And when HE was a small child. Nice to know I am younger than SOMEONE. It doesn’t take much to understand what it is or how it works. You just have to go with it.

I work on it every day. It’s a strain, I know. But you can make it happen. And it is so much easier when you do it with other people around you. If you’re lucky enough to be able to do that.

Anyway. Change the laws. I didn’t say kick them out of the way. I said, “kick them out.” Take them out of power, remove their influence, take away their (excess) money through taxation. Take away the disgusting voice they have by controlling the media and brainwashing people.

In many ways (oh golly, you’re going to hate this) just go back to the old days. Back before Reagan. Probably before you were born? When people were taxed somewhat fairly. When there was a halfway decent safety net. When the government paid for people to go to college, mostly. WHEN THERE WAS NO FOX NEWS BECAUSE THERE WAS A LAW AGAINST IT.

Things like that. That’s a good start. Hey, the world wasn’t even burning down back then.

Possessor of Paul Newman eyes. Author of many things straightforward and strange. Some of them appear here. “Women zai shuo ba” as the Mandarin say. Born 2016.

Possessor of Paul Newman eyes. Author of many things straightforward and strange. Some of them appear here. “Women zai shuo ba” as the Mandarin say. Born 2016.