(via story "How President Obama Can Resolve All of the Scandals, or Why I Don’t Have a Career in Politics" at floppingaces.net)
When British Prime Minister David Cameron says that the beheading of a British soldier is an insult to Islam, when the police stand by in Stockholm while Muslim youth burn cars, and when President Barack Obama tells us that the Fort Hood massacre was an example of workplace violence, the inadvertent messages they send is that they are more concerned about protecting Islam than protecting everyone else. And the mixture of silence and euphemism with which a compliant media advances these ideas only reinforces public cynicism.(from "Is a Revolution in the Offing?" at americanthinker.com)
In each of these actions, the government tarnishes and diminishes its own legitimacy. In doing so, it paves the way for an alternative political narrative, one that will say: the truth is what you are not being told; the truth is what is obvious to you but hidden from the public agenda by corrupt elites who will not protect you from the next act of violence perpetrated by radical Muslims.
Amid such perceptions, social movements arise outside of the political mainstream. Fear is the appropriate motivator and hate is the great unifier. The two reinforce each other. If the mainstream political system is unraveling, the consequence of that interaction is an alternative political reality, an alternative more credible explanation of events and, most of all, a more credible interpretation of the otherwise inexplicable behavior of elites.
Revolutions are not made by those who desire them, but -- as Tocqueville notes -- by the stupidity of those who least want them to occur.
The Paris Commune falls (1871)
In Tel Aviv members of the Japanese Red Army carry out the Lod Airport Massacre, killing 24 people and injuring 78 others (1972)
Tiananmen Square protests of 1989: the 33-foot high "Goddess of Democracy" statue is unveiled by student demonstrators (1989)
b: Mikhail Bakunin (1814), Georg von Küchler (1881); d: Georgi Plekhanov (1918), Leó Szilárd (1964), Ezra Taft Benson (1994)