Stage 5: After Revolution

What to do now

After revolution, what do you do now? How do you tame the galloping voices clamoring persistently, loudly, unceasingly in the mind of a new nation? Silent voices, murmuring voices, shrill voices, booming voices. WHEN DOES IT ALL STOP? With all these opposing voices how do democratic nations stay sane?

The myth that too many buy into is that the revolution will solve all their problems. In truth, many of the problems that remain after revolution are the same problems that were there before. Furthermore, the voices for change are louder now, because for the first time people are able to speak without fear. Had these problems been easily solved does it not make sense that the previous administration, just removed from power, would have solved it themselves?

The truth is democracy is a dirty business. After revolution, the next stage is to keep democracy from becoming an unappreciated business. For those who support democracy, it remains a never-ending struggle. People must never become complacent if they do not want to end back where they started. History has proven repeatedly that today’s hero becomes tomorrow’s tyrant.

A truly democratic revolution never ends. It get’s cursed at and reviled, from time to time, but it can evolve for the better after each struggle. The words I have to offer are the following:

Truth is the ally to revolution, complacency the enemy.
If truth becomes the enemy, the revolution dies.

Reintegration and justice

When the fighting ends, everyone is crying for justice. How a new nation behaves at this crucial time determines their fate. Their standing with their own people, and the rest of the world, will affect them for years to come. A short-lived window of opportunity exists, and newly formed governments must make the most of it.

Too often innocent loyalists take the blame for the old regime’s misdeeds. After a revolution, there is no shortage of people who did not work at one time or another for the old government. That does not mean they did not support change. It also does not mean they were criminal. Everyone in the country survived as well as they knew how under the old system. Does that make them all guilty?

Purges hurt the efforts of winning the loyalties of moderate loyalists who have never been accused of criminal behavior. The anger those now in power express towards the old regime easily gets out of hand, leading to unchecked witch-hunts and spurious accusations. All newly formed nations are a fragile thing. They need help from as many quarters as they can get. A large part of that help will come directly from those who have just surrendered.

Note: When WWII ended, the allies did not purge the Nazis from Germany or the Imperialists from Japan. The result of working with former enemies resulted in a great friendship that continues to this day.

Unfortunately, our modern leaders did not learn from this experience. By excluding the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Ba’athists in Iraq, these nations stability continue to spiral out of control.

Further discussion on the danger of neglecting former loyalists is in Building a Government. While this section does not cover post revolutionary governments, it does have some relevant information. The most relevant will be under Truth and Reconciliation Minister. The nation’s stability now falls on that person’s shoulders.

Along with a great number of former loyalists, there will be returning refugees. Refugees must be reintegrated into society. Societies that do not wish to reintegrate certain sectors of their population have a problem, the first being that they do not believe in The List of Good and Evil. Those who do not believe in this list are already off to a bad start.

If blacks, Jews, Muslims, Christians, or any others, were part of your society before, you have no right to exclude them. Racism IS NOT just a problem in the USA. It is a worldwide cancer. TheRevolutionCenter condemns and holds suspect any nation who refuses to reintegrate innocent portions into their society. A society that is afraid of its own minorities is a society that is afraid of itself.

Guns in the wrong hands

After revolution many problems remain. Not the least of which are guns in the wrong hands. Gone are the days when all cried, “Down with the Dictator!” in unison. The revolution has entered a new stage where there will be a gaggle of voices, flocks of new ideas, scores to settle, wrongs to make right, new ways to rule…

A fledgling republic demands a period of calm for stability to rule. A distraction now, by a bunch of ex-soldiers full of bravado, adrenaline, and guns at their side, is a recipe for disaster. Former soldiers were ready for war.  Now they feel lost without it. They must be retrained for peace.

Time heals all wounds, but the time involved depends on how long the rebellion lasted, how long the fighting lasted, and how long each new civilian, by instinct, still reacts as a soldier. Finally, and most important, how long will former soldiers be allowed to thumb their nose at authority.

Analogy of an ex-soldier

An analogy of what ex-soldiers go through: Think of how you felt, when you finished reading your favorite book. Your life revolved around that book and once it was finished you felt lost without it. How many times have you wished that a book had been longer? Would you not do anything in your power to keep it going?

Now think of an ex-soldier. They were not reading a book they were living it. Their lives revolved around this excitement, not for a few hours of the day, but for the whole day and all night. Their book was not finished in a few days or a week. For them it took years to get through.

Once a revolution is over, the life as an ex-soldier is in danger of becomes boring and mundane. They have lived off adrenaline for so long, and the high they experienced is now gone. Their life has no purpose and many of their comrades in arms are now gone.

Those who are lost remain in limbo without hope for the future. This in itself is a recipe in disaster. The belief that there is no hope for the future is what started the last revolution in the first place.

by Scott M. Eaton
Created: May 20, 2011
Modified: March 25,2013

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