I'm going to start this thread rather bluntly: the situation in the United States is pretty much fucked up on every single front, and people are pretty god damn pissed off about things:
*Unemployment continues to hover around 9%, and what unemployment reductions do take place are more often than not from people simply giving up looking for a job.
*What jobs ARE available are proving less and less satisfactory as employers increasing labor without increasing pay and benifits, and for other jobs work availability is increasingly sporadic.
*People are becoming extremily agitated and hostile towards the financial sector and the people associated with it, citing not only their involvement in the economic crisis of 2007-8 that helped contribute to the country's current economic state as well as their treatment afterwards, receiving a bailout from the government while suffering very few punishments and regulations for their actions.
*People are also becoming extremily agitated at our current class and wealth structure, citing the incredible increase in wealth and income for the ultra-wealthy while wealth and income for lower classes have stagnated, and the low level of effective taxation on the ultra-wealthy and their businesses.
*People are becoming agitated further still by a feeling of disenfranchisement towards a government that is regarded as cripplingly partisen and completily corrupt, citing the extrordinary influence of the lobbying industry and corproate influence in various cases.
*Finally, people are becoming extremily agitated towards a government many feel is infringing upon individual liberties and other ideologies, recently coming to a head in light of revelations about a section of the National Defense Authorization Act that would permit the military to indefinitely detain suspects without legal representation.
At this point, it's tempting to say that it's more a matter of when
a revolution is going to take place instead of if
there's going to be one in the first place. Cynicism aside, however, it's clear that the US population has reached a critical level of discontent and that, if no sign of effort of a massive change for the better appears, people are going to start lashing out and support said lashing. Just how these events would unfold and where they would lead is just about anyone's guess, though:
*What event/events would serve as the initial trigger for a revolution?
*How would the revolution manifest itself and change over time?
*Would Washington capitulate in light of mass extreme disapproval that leads to sizeable anti-government activity, or would they try to maintain power?
*Would the military be willing to engage civilians, would they turn against Washington, or would they simply remain neutral?
*How would the revolution affect our current social structure and relations?
*At which point is the revolution succussful, if "succuss" is even possible?