Marx believed that the most significant social change occurs through outright violence. A government derives its power from its monopoly over the use of force. Once the threat of violence by a government tips over into the actual use of force, the government forfeits its legitimacy and loses its raison-de-etre; i.e. to protect the life and property of its citizens. The power of the revolution lies in the willingness of the people to die for their cause. It lies in the power of ideas, of belief, of faith.
“Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.” – V
Not since the days of the Islamic Revolution in Iran has the possibility of a popular revolution been so strong. But the protests are dispersed and the military or the authoritarians may yet have the last laugh. Tonight I shall drink to the people of Egypt.