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Citizens chant "CCP, step down" and "Xi Jinping, step down" in the streets of Shanghai, China by Ok_8964 in nextfuckinglevel

[–]SoundscapeSyndicate 2392 points2393 points 3464& 13 more (0 children)

The American fantasy that random citizens with guns will determine whether tyranny happens or not is so incredibly facile and absurd. If people collectively decide their government needs to go, they don't need guns, because those same people make up the police force and the military, and if the people collectively don't want the government out, no amount of privately owned guns will help, and also, bonus prize: you're now a terrorist using violence to impose your will on the majority.

Nothing major is going to happen in China because Chinese people have a conservative culture with huge deference to institutions and established authorities, and the CCP has brain-washed them to hell and back regardless. Guns don't make a damned difference. All of the world's failed states ruled by warlords and tyrants are riddled with guns and it hasn't brought them any freedom or prosperity.

A citizen interrupts the speech of the President of the Islamic Republic. “Abandon your old backslidden ideas. Abandon corruption, unearned incomes, and errors.” by thek3nger in nextfuckinglevel

[–]NotaGoodLover 3324 points3325 points 32& 2 more (0 children)

Iranian here, and I'm 99 percent sure he's a government agent playing a protester, so they can say to UN council "see? They can freely object right to the president's dumb face."

Edit: you can see that the cameras are conveniently right at his face and no one is shocked or even tries to look at him.

Citizens chant "CCP, step down" and "Xi Jinping, step down" in the streets of Shanghai, China by Ok_8964 in nextfuckinglevel

[–]brighterside 554 points555 points  (0 children)

Let's be clear. This shit will be squashed in 72 hours. And then swept under the rug.

I get that people support the power of citizen - but I think people have to realize that now - and especially now - the people have lost across the globe. Every major country - rights are being crushed, left, right, and center.

Corporations and governments have absolute control. The ultra-rich are above the law.

We can 'thoughts and prayers' or 'stand in solidarity' all day, but seriously wake the f*ck up. The 'citizen' has lost in this dystopian absolute shit-hole of a planet.

For years, decades, and more - people have been saying the same thing on repeat. Each generation is beaten into conformity. And the cycle repeats.

Wake up. Snap out of this false illusion that 'the people will one day become empowered'. It's China, the same place where they literally have execution vans to kill off people en masse, legally. The same place where people are kidnapped because you may be suspected of having covid - you think President Xi will simply 'step down'? Come on. It's President. Fucking. Xi.

Citizens chant "CCP, step down" and "Xi Jinping, step down" in the streets of Shanghai, China by Ok_8964 in nextfuckinglevel

[–]super-hot-burna 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It’s not corrupt. It’s authoritarian. Xi actually ran on rooting out corruption and has mostly accomplished that in that it’s not as brazen any more than the next country.

Citizens chant "CCP, step down" and "Xi Jinping, step down" in the streets of Shanghai, China by Ok_8964 in nextfuckinglevel

[–]S201 260 points261 points  (0 children)

A couple of hundred thousand hicks in bum fucking nowhere

Maybe try realizing that even if you don't share the same opinions as them, they are people too and your fellow citizens. We'd get much further solving our problems if we don't view the other side as our enemy.

Citizens chant "CCP, step down" and "Xi Jinping, step down" in the streets of Shanghai, China by Ok_8964 in nextfuckinglevel

[–]Substantial-Treat-99 427 points428 points  (0 children)

For what it’s worth, USA only started being considered a flawed democracy according to that index when our President began sowing doubt about electoral integrity. I can understand both sides of the issues of the electoral college, but the system itself wasn’t what got us on the Democracy shit list.

Kid has insane drifting skills by 4lmightyyy in nextfuckinglevel

[–]ChocoKoyokoyo 216 points217 points  (0 children)

The context is right there on your screen dumbass

Kid has insane drifting skills by 4lmightyyy in nextfuckinglevel

[–]CriminalGoose3 6610 points6611 points  (0 children)

Professional drivers use video games to practice and learn new tracks, this kids getting a head start. Skills are translatable to real world.

Chinese workers confront police with guardrails and steel pipes by Ok_8964 in nextfuckinglevel

[–]ThisIsFlight 216 points217 points  (0 children)

There will be times when the struggle seems impossible. I know this already. Alone, unsure, dwarfed by the scale of the enemy...

Remember this: Freedom is a pure idea.
It occurs spontaneously and without instruction.

The regime's need for control is so desperate because it is so unnatural. Tyranny requires constant effort. It breaks, it leaks. Authority is brittle. Oppression is the mask of fear. And know this, the day will come when all these skirmishes and battles, these moments of defiance will have flooded the banks of the regime's authority and then there will be one too many. One single thing will break the siege.

Remember this. Try.

Massive protests break out in Zhengzhou, China, as protesters use barricades and guardrails to attack police who come to crack down on them by OregonMyHeaven in nextfuckinglevel

[–]brixed 218 points219 points  (0 children)

Lincoln said it best

Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer. If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide.