I know that Scott isn't advocating any kind of violence here. But I will say be careful, very careful, when you say you want some sort of revolution. Most all revolutions in the West in the past few hundred years brought the people more of what they already had. This can be good or bad. In the English Civil War, they traded the King for a dictator and then, well, another king.
The American Revolution happened in a place that was very lightly "policed" by the British, i.e., pretty free, and the Americans got more freedom. That was a good outcome. (It can happen.)
The French Revolution was like most revolutions, the people traded in the king and got the Terror and then an Emperor who brought them disastrous wars. Then they got the king back.
Much of the time it's, as the Who put it, "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss". After a lot of people die.
It seems to me the real problem the US has is the fact that we've got a country pretty much divided between two different ideologies (the "liberal" and "conservative"), and each side is about the same strength. This is, of course, a gross oversimplification of what people actually think -- on some issues I'm in the conservative camp, in others the liberal camp, as most of us probably are. But our form of government requires that we vote for representatives, and we have only two parties that have any realistic chance of electing candidates. That amplifies the either/or effect. It's been years since I voted for someone I actually WANTED to hold office; instead, I ask myself "which will do the least damage"? I have to choose the "Lesser of two evils" (or weevils, if you're a fan of "Master and Commander").
I don't see any easy way out of this situation, though. I'd be very leery of a revolution. Internet "democracy" things kind of leave me cold because I read a lot of the comments on news stories and see that many of them are left by total dolts. I'd be afraid of them having any power. I guess there aren't any magic cures.
@jo_jo_ba : I was an engineer (or was called one because I finished math major CS minor at a good university, and worked as a programmer. Engineering never crossed my mind, I was into math), and now I teach students. It seems you are unaware of how problematic "management" has become. How stupid, selfish, disgusting and hedonistic these fat ass "managers" are now. Only a crazy society pays millions to "top level management" only so they can fix the numbers to get higher bonuses. PHB is just stuck in the middle of that pyramid, which is the worst thing to be in terms of human value. Engineers are usually smart enough to know what's going on, but they are trapped. Once I realized my efforts as an engineer is a waste of my time and life, I couldn't function as one anymore.
Here in Israel we are just waking up to see how stupid this system is. Hopefully we will stop using a system that pays psychopath "managers" a 1000 times more than the underprivileged person that cleans his/her toilet.
After reading Dilbert for sometime and seeing how the average Dilbert reader (engineer) responds to comments, I have come to the conclusion that:
The average engineer is narrowminded, selfabsorbed, can't take criticism, suffers from enormous ego and from Asperger Syndrom, likes to whine, doesn't like to do something about it.... because then he can't whine anymore. Also he can't help but flame a comment pointing out these truths, no matter how hard he tries.... no, no, no.... don't.... ah, you see... I was right...