The author of this article wishes to remain anonymous because what is going to be discussed can never belong to one man or woman... it's an idea whose time has come and must be embraced by all as their OWN.
In 1381 Wat Tyler led a Peasant Revolt against King Richard II of England. After much pillaging and murder on the part of the peasants, fourteen year old Richard II agreed to meet with their leader, Wat Tyler.
Wat became angry over the King's offer and in the melee that followed, the rebel leader was killed by the mayor, Sir William Walworth, and John Standwick, one of the king's squires. The revolt fell apart and the peasants went back to their enslavement.
What's the difference between a revolt and a revolution? A revolt is usually a spontaneous violent uprising against oppression and/or tyranny.
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Troops were called in to crush/put down the revolt.
The army is in revolt (against its commanders).
A revolution is organized and well planned.
It is sometimes violent as was the American Revolution and the French Revolution.
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a change in the way a country is governed, usually to a different political system and often using violence or war:
But not all revolutions are violent.
The Revolution led by Václav Havel in Czechoslovakia is called "The Velvet Revolution".
The 1989 "Velvet Revolution" launched Havel into the presidency. The Velvet Revolution was virtually bloodless.
2003 - The Rose Revolution was a bloodless revolution in the country of Georgia in 2003 that displaced President Eduard Shevardnadze.
2004... The Orange Revolution was a series of protests and political events that took place in Ukraine from late November 2004 to January 2005, in the immediate aftermath of the run-off vote of the 2004 Ukrainian presidential election which was compromised by massive corruption, voter intimidation and direct electoral fraud. Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, was the focal point of the movement.
'My good people, things cannot go well in England, nor ever shall, till everything be made common, and there are neither villeins nor gentlemen, but we shall all be united together, and the lords shall be no greater masters than ourselves.
What have we deserved that we should be kept thus enslaved?
We are all descended from one father and mother, Adam and Eve. What reasons can they give to show that they are greater lords than we, save by making us toil and labour, so that they can spend?
They are clothed in velvet and soft leather furred with ermine, while we wear coarse cloth; they have their wines, spices and good bread, while we have the drawings of the chaff, and drink water.
They have handsome houses and manors, and we the pain and travail, the rain and wind, in the fields. And it is from our labour that they get the means to maintain their estates. We are called their slaves, and if we do not serve them readily, we are beaten. And we have no sovereign to whom we may complain, or who will hear us, or do us justice.
Let us go to the King, he is young, and tell him of our slavery; and tell him we shall have it otherwise, or else we will provide a remedy ourselves. And if we go together, all manner of people that are now in bondage will follow us, with the intent to be made free. And when the King sees us, we shall have some remedy, either by justice or otherwise.'
John Ball, Priest in the county of Kent and one of the leaders of the Peasant Revolt of 1381
Let us LEARN from the failed PEASANT REVOLT of 1381... We can NOT act in anger. We have to organize. We have to plan. It can NOT be a violent revolution because the peasants of the 21st century don't have the weapons with which to fight the Lords of the 21st century.
Let's take up our arms... be it placards, emails, letters, t-shirts, bumper stickers, yard signs, radio shows, webpages...
If we are to succeed in finally freeing ourselves from the strangle hold of the Federal Reserve fiat money system, and the families who own all the central banks in the world, then we must first educate the masses as to who these bankers are, and what they have done to us since 1913 when they assumed control of our country.
The Bankers Bailout Bill is the best possible thing that could happen to us. This bill has awakened the sleeping giant... the American people.
We must continue to Awaken the American People. There are many organizations and websites that have started doing just this. You are now a Revolutionary in America's Purple Velvet Revolution. Make sure you send this to ALL of these sites... AND to everyone YOU know!
Why a Purple Velvet Revolution? Because Velvet implies two things... like the Czechoslovakia revolution, we want this one to be bloodless... and second, as John Ball said, "They (the Masters) are clothed in velvet... while we (the peasants) wear coarse cloth." Velvet used to represent a costly fabric that only the wealthy could afford.
The color purple was chosen because once people awaken, they realize that the Democrats (blue states) and Republicans (red states), have been working for the Owners of the Federal Reserve Banking System all along. Once the red people and the blue people come together, they become Purple People and can organize around a Purple People Party!
Yes, it's true, we have had some true Americans from both the Democratic and Republican Party. John F. Kennedy tried to take back control of our money from the Federal Reserve.
JFK: "THOSE WHO MAKE PEACEFUL REVOLUTION IMPOSSIBLE MAKE VIOLENT REVOLUTION INEVITABLE"
We learned how to create a groundswell of support and money. Yes, the Ron Paul Campaign taught us how to create the funding for our Purple Velvet Revolution, how to reach people, and how to organize.
Let's remember how we created the enthusiasm that ran through our country when Ron Paul was running for President. Let's repeat the process.
The Purple-Velvet Revolution!!
THE PEASANT REVOLT OF 1381 We Won't Make the Same Mistake This Time
In 1381, riots broke out at Brentwood in Essex; on the 4th of June similar violence occurred at Dartford; and on the 6th a mob several thousands strong seized the castle of Rochester and marched up the Medway to Maidstone.
Here they chose Wat Tyler to be their leader, and in the next few days the rising spread over Kent, where much pillage and damage to property occurred. On the 10th, Tyler seized Canterbury, sacked the palace of Archbishop Sudbury, the chancellor, and beheaded three citizens as "traitors." Next day he led his followers, strengthened by many Kentish recruits, on the road to London, being joined at Maidstone by John Ball, whom the mob had liberated from the archbishop's prison.
Reaching Blackheath on the 12th, the insurgents burnt the prisons in Southwark and pillaged the archbishop's palace at Lambeth, while another body of rebels from Essex encamped at Mile End. King Richard II. was at the Tower, but neither the king's councillors nor the municipal authorities had taken any measures to cope with the rising.
The drawbridge of London Bridge having been lowered by treachery, Tyler and his followers crossed the Thames; and being joined by thousands of London apprentices, artisans and criminals, they sacked and burnt John of Gaunt's splendid palace of the Savoy, the official residence of the treasurer, Sir Robert Hales, and the prisons of Newgate and the Fleet.
On the 14th Richard II, a boy of fourteen, undertook the perilous enterprise of riding out to confer with the rebels beyond the city wall. At Mile End the king met Wat Tyler; a lengthy and tumultuous conference, during which several persons were slain, took place, in which Tyler demanded the immediate abolition of serfdom and all feudal services, and the removal of all restrictions on freedom of labour and trade, as well as a general amnesty for the insurgents.
Richard had no choice but to concede these demands, and charters were immediately drawn up to give effect to them. While this was in progress Tyler with a small band of followers returned to the Tower, which they entered, and dragged forth Archbishop Sudbury and Sir Robert Hales from the chapel and murdered them on Tower Hill. During the following night and day London was given over to plunder and slaughter, the victims being chiefly Flemish merchants, lawyers and personal adherents of John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster.
Meantime the people of property began to organize themselves for the restoration of order. On the 15th of June, Richard, after confession and receiving the Sacrament, rode to Smithfield for a further conference with the rebels.
Close to St Bartholomew's Church he met Wat Tyler, who advanced from the ranks of the insurgents and shook the king's hand, bidding him be of good cheer. Tyler then formulated a number of fresh demands, including the confiscation of ecclesiastical estates and the institution of social equality. Richard replied that the popular desire should be satisfied "saving the regalities of the Crown."
Tyler thereupon grew insolent, and in the altercation that ensued the rebel leader was killed by the mayor, Sir William Walworth, and John Standwick, one of the king's squires. The rebels now handled their bows in a menacing fashion, but at the critical moment the young king with great presence of mind and courage spurred his horse into the open, crying, "Sirs, will you shoot your king? I will be your chief and captain, you shall have from me all that you seek." Richard then led the mob to a neighbouring meadow, where he kept them in parley till Walworth, who had returned within the city to summon the loyal citizens to the king's aid, returned with a sufficient following to overawe and disperse the rebels. With the death of Wat Tyler the rising in London and the home counties quickly subsided, though in East Anglia it flickered a short time longer under the leadership of John Wraw and Geoffrey Litster until suppressed by the energy of Henry Despenser, bishop of Norwich. About 1 io persons were executed for the rebellion in Kent and Essex, including John Ball, and Jack Straw, Tyler's chief lieutenant.'
The enfranchisement of villeins granted by Richard at the Mile End conference was revoked by parliament in 1382, and no permanent results were obtained for the peasants by Wat. Tyler's revolt.
NEVER AGAIN... NEVER AGAIN... NEVER AGAIN....
When in the course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.
We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security.
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