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View Diary: [UPDATE - MORE PHOTOS] 200,000 Rise Up in Brazil - "The People Have Awakened" (333 comments)

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  •  That is absurd. Once people take to the streets (1+ / 0-)
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    in large numbers, once a government fails to function, this sort of thing (and much, much more) happens.  It's normal.

    When people are forced to rise up in protest, things can be a little untidy.

    •  you have failed to learn the lessons of Egypt (3+ / 0-)
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      Rushing into the streets is simply not enough.  Even IF you succeed in toppling the government (as they did in Egypt), all you have then is an unorganized power vacuum, into which will inevitably step those groups who are the best organized (and in Egypt that was the military and the Islamicists).

      You cannot take power unless you already have an apparatus for exercising power, and that takes years or even decades of boring drudge work to do. That is why rushing into the streets is the FINAL step, not the first.  First, you must build an alternative power structure that can take over when you win.  If you don't, you lose to those who DO.  As in Egypt.

    •  Well let's see: (2+ / 0-)
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      Aquarius40, HudsonValleyMark

      (1) People in democracies have "taken to the streets" for centuries without triggering revolutions. these are called "protests".

      (2) There is no evidence at all to back your claim the Brazilian gov't fails to function.

      (3) You have been given conflicting information which shows Brazilian gov't is indeed functional.

      (4) Untidy  describes my house, not a nation in revolution.

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