The Rise of a Dependent Super-power

The rise of a dependent super-power

By Brian and Jacob

When the idea of a peaceful revolution is made impossible, the idea of a violent revolution will be made inevitable. The ruthless oppression laws set by Batista, targeted vulnerable points of the opposing parties, politically sensitive groups, and underprivileged communities, thus leading to the violent revolution Castro began. Although, the rebels did succeed, history did once again repeated itself with Castro. One of the many reasons to why Castro urged a revolt against Batista’s regime was due to the cruel oppression laws Batista placed; he believed they were inhumane. Ironically, Castro decided to implement similar oppression laws after seizing the government for whoever sympathized for Batista.

Fundamentally, pro-revolutionaries have all aimed to abandon the current status quo as they beleive it has neglected the needs of the people, unrighteously supported a quid pro quo, or have gone on the road of no return, drifting further and further away from the people’s voices, but an idea that isn’t as seldom as many people might think is the notion that once a group has overthrown the current party in power, they will be similarly if not equally be as vulnerable in maintaining a similar status quo as the former party or being overthrown allowing history to once again repeat itself. This notion has been visible in many revolutions such as the Russian revolution. After Lenin overthrew Tsar’s absolute monarchy, Lenin promised a communist utopia. Although Lenin did implement a varied of communist policies, he oppressed the people with a secret police force that executed any suspects of treason, implying a factor of dictatorship. After Lenin’s death, the next leader, Stalin, formed an even more oppressive regime. Not only did he execute suspects of treason, he also arrested non-loyal government officials. Although both Lenin and Stalin did agree to abandon the previous status quo, the oppressive regime through the secret police force showed a hunger for power just like Tsar. Through this example, history has once again repeated itself, allowing a similar corrupt rule to be present.

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Injustice Justice

 

 

 

The book that is talked about in this video is called, “Unpunished Murder” by Lawrence Goldstone. I believe the main theme in this book is “War doesn’t stop, but instead evolves slavery into more systematic racism and racially motivated violence.” Groups such as the KKK have been born after the Civil War due to disputes between white supremacists/ extremists and the federal government. These White League groups have inflicted pain and fear towards black communities for years, while the government using their minimal effort to combat the white extremist groups. (specific evidence stated in the video) The main reasons to which someone should read this book is 1, this book contains a lot of historical facts and so if you are looking for a book to learn about early US political and social history, this is a great book for you. 2, this book contains a lot of jaw dropping and unexpecting moments which if you like those type of moments this is also a great book for you. One thing I’ve learned from this unit is that expressing my opinion on a book orally with someone that is also reading the book, can have a much larger impact than compared to solo thinking about the book.

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Patriotic Execution

CER Topic: Do the Boxers deserve a bad rap?

 

The Boxers was a secret society built upon by gullible, delusional Chinese citizens who utilized religious factors/beliefs as a justification for violence to achieve social goals while unintentionally assisting the government to achieve international political goals against foreign imperialists. “Farmers genuinely believed that the Christians had so displeased the gods that the entire region was being punished with drought. Armed with a few rifles and swords, plus a belief in their own supernatural invulnerability to bullets, the Boxers began attacking foreign and Christian populations.” (Supporting Question 2.5) This piece of evidence stresses how delusional the Boxers were, not only did they blame the natural occurrences on foreign religions, they also believed they were invulnerable to bullets due to their religious beliefs, thus disproving the fact that their goal was actually to help the government defend their nation against imperialists, but instead, their goal was actually to stop the droughts by attacking foreigners and Christians without actually possessing any intentions of actually helping the government achieve their goal which was not only unfeasible for the Boxers as the Christians had nothing to do with the occurring droughts but also supporting the fact that they were delusional with what they were attempting to achieve. “The wicked Governor, Yü Hsien, scattered proclamations broadcast. These stated that the foreign religions overthrew morality and inflamed men to do evil, so now gods and men were stirred up against them and Heaven’s legions had been sent to exterminate the foreign devils. Moreover, there were the Boxers, faithful to their sovereign, loyal to their country, determined to unite in wiping out the foreign religion.” (Supporting Question 3) Not only does this piece of evidence show how gullible the Boxers were in believing the governor, it contradicts to what Buddhism promotes, peace. It is never justified to use violence to achieve a goal especially in this case, a social goal; excessive amounts of violence executed by the Boxers continues to clarify the bad reputation the Boxers possessed as violence is never the solution. The governor’s intentions were never to support the idea that the droughts were caused by the Christians, it was a way to abuse the Boxers to help achieve the government’s goal: defending against imperialist countries such as Britain. By showing how gullible and how they utilized religious beliefs as a justification for violence only further supports how the Boxers deserve a bad reputation. A similar historical event through history was The Holocaust, an anti- Jewish movement led by the Nazi political party during the second world war. The Nazis are similar to the Boxers, not only were they both strongly influenced by a group or an individual such as Hitler or the Chinese government, they also executed an extensive amount of physical violence during their times to achieve a social goal.