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The Exploration of Revolutions (Political, Social, Economic, & Cultural Revolutions)

Omar Alansari-Kreger's picture

As we view world events unfold before our eyes, we are beginning to realize that the international community is in fact changing at an alarming rate. What was once considered to be fair and normal in the past is suddenly classified as immoral and barbaric in the immediate present. The revisions, transformations, and advancements that have been made in the name of modernity directly interrelate from our historical past. We often take the events of the past and apply them as lessons to support a revolutionary point of view in the immediate present. The human mind presents us with amazing power, but very few of us demonstrate a sense of appreciation for its true capabilities. Many neurologists will confirm that most of us do not even use half of our brain capacities. There are many reasons that can explain this particular reality, but the vast majority of us can agree upon the fact that the world is quickly becoming an intellectual wasteland. These “blank” periods pave the way for revolutionary change.

World history demonstrates that when one systematic idea stagnates and fails, the people are quick to overthrow its actual practices. The average person does not reflect too heavily about the reasons why a particular system continues to endure repeated failure; however, when this individual is able to confirm its failing negativity, sympathy for affirmative action is then established. This observation can indicate that people are motivated by incentives which directly reflect upon the ideas in which they attach to a personal bottom line. For example, if we identify as a right or left winger, we are still concerned about securing a personal bottom line. Further defined, this represents our ability to lead joyous and productive lives. As a result, it can be concluded that this aspect stands as a lone necessity that directly relates to human behavior. These realizations can represent the main ingredients that enable the formation of a society which alludes to a collective social conscience.

When a person’s bottom line comes under fire, this is usually seen as an outside threat that moves in and attacks their best interest. This person is then attached to a social class which is uniquely distinguished by the interests it establishes within a given society. A single person can represent an entire social class which is then used as a reflection on the overall quality of a society. It can then be confirmed that when a great rift exists within society, the following occurs: one social class is put against another, the creation of excessive economic shortages occurs, and the persecution of political beliefs persists. In turn, this leaves us with an environment that is ripe for revolution. These stated details will be the main aspects that will be observed, explored, and debated. There are many factors that must be considered in order to have a revolution. On occasion, even when all of the warning signs are present, a revolution is often stalled, but never prevented from becoming a reality. The developments that are shaping our world are being distinguished by the power of revolutions.

Therefore, the main purpose of this class seeks to study the science of political, economic, and social revolutions. There are nearly a countless number of theories that attempt to explain what makes a revolution. Our ultimate objective seeks to facilitate the following: gather differing perspectives, address revolutionary characteristics, and determine how individual bottom lines come together for the greater aspirations of a revolution. It is hoped that participants can articulate their points of view with other students in an effort to enhance a greater learning experience for the class. This could very well exist as an emerging field of study that can be initiated beneath the banner of free education. After all, revolutions are largely based on equality which is then a direct reflection on our sense of enlightenment.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
Facilitator's experience: 
I have previously facilitated a class on behalf of EXCO during the summer semester of 2010. This class was entitled: The Exploration of Societal Ideologies. In addition, I contacted an intern reporter with the Minnesota Daily who publicized an article that gave the class and EXCO greater publicity before the immediate community. I have just finalized three different books that expand upon the following subject matters: history, ideological philosophy, and theoretical economics. Incidentally, these books have yet to be published. Finally, I have established an internet based humanitarian rights organization (The Federation of Universal Rights-FOR) with a colleague in the United Kingdom. Currently, I am employed as an independent academic advisor and editor.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
(952) 649-0800
Class minimum size: 
10
Class maximum size: 
50
Time/Location
Class times: 
Sat, 03/05/2011 - 10:00 - Sat, 03/26/2011 - 12:00
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