Down with Capitalism!

A great leader is someone who is capable of holding a position of power without letting the power get to his or her head. I used to think that I was one of them as I lead the Revolution against the capitalization of the world.

I joined the Revolution because I was tired of the government trying to sell us its worn out democratic bullshit. If you've read 1984 by George Orwell then you know you really don't have any control over your life. Democracy cannot possibly function in a capitalist society. It just doesn't work. On one hand, everyone has a voice in what goes on (or is supposed to) and is considered to have equal rights. Where as on the other hand, only the strongest, wealthiest have the power. The country is in a state of competition all of the time. To be honest, neither system is ideal for human nature!

At first I was a follower, just another member of the consensus. I did leg work, I researched things, ran errands, picked up supplies. Soon after I arrived, Johnny Reed took interest in me. He was the founder and leader of the Revolution. He liked the way my mind worked and for the first time ever my degree in philosophy came in handy. It didn't take very long before I was his confidante. I was privy to everything that the Revolution did or was planning to do.

One day Johnny took me up to his cabin in the Rockies. This is where he cooked up all his plans. He brought me there to show me his final plan. It was to have the Revolution take over all the businesses in North America and merge them together. The last day we were there, he shared with me some unwelcome news. The man had prostate cancer and he didn't have more then two months left. All this time he had been training me to take his place. I didn't even realize it until he asked me to take his place. Johnny Reed knew that I would do it, even though I didn't want that kind of power. I would have jumped off the empire state building if he asked me to, we all would have.

Johnny Reed died the following week. Even in death, he served the Revolution. He left us his estate, which was valued at several billion dollars. With that kind of cash we had adequate funding to set the final plan into motion. By this time the Revolution had gone global, we had sections in countries all over and the message was spreading exponentially.

Our first move was to buy up every independently owned business we could find in North America and Europe. We merged them all together under the name Revolution Inc. These companies were easy enough to get control of but the larger ones proved to be much more difficult. We started getting more aggressive, strong-arming the shareholders. We kidnapped family members, used black mail, damaged property, threatened their lives in anyways we could think off. We prayed on their weaknesses while doing our best not to harm anyone more then we absolutely had to. When McDonalds fell to us the media began to pay attention. Soon we became the number one terrorist threat on the globe.

Somewhere along the way, my view of things got warped. The Revolution was gaining power and we were making more money than any other business. I became more concerned with beating the system than changing it. I had never been a very successful person and all our victories were because of me. I guess it got to my head.

I got real bold, stupid. I decided it was time we take down Microsoft, the lynch pin of the business world. It's probably the decision that got me where I am now. All other projects were put on the back burner as I committed all our forces to this. I was so anxious to win that I didn't take the time to plan things out as thoroughly as I should have. However Mr. Gates had been expecting me to go after him for sometime. His shareholders started calling our bluff. For the first time in the history of the Revolution, people were being killed intentionally.

No one ever questioned me, even when our most important precept of "Friend or Foe, nobody gets killed," was broken. Everyone understood that we had come to a breaking point where we could never win if we didn't step up and go all the way. That is until I made the worst mistake I could ever make in my life. We were targeting a particularly difficult shareholder whose only weakness was his children. Dealing with children was always a sensitive ordeal. We had rigged his kids' school but with about a pound of plastic explosives and told him that if he didn't sell us his shares by three fifteen we'd blow up the bus. He called our bluff, or at least he thought he did. I wasn't bluffing anymore. No one but me knew about everything that went on in the Revolution before it happened. So at three fifteen when those shares weren't ours I gave the order to blow up the bus. Thirty innocent children and one adult died that day.

I crossed that line that changes everything. Within a week my closest friends betrayed me. They turned me into the F.B.I. with sufficient proof to convict me. The official trial took months before reaching a verdict but by then I already knew I was going to die.

Tomorrow's newspapers will tell you that Microsoft has been successfully merged into the Revolution conglomerate, which now takes up about forty percent of the business world. I guess I can die happy now. The only thing I'll be thinking about in these last hours of my life is how those children should never have had to die because I wanted to win.