I raise my flag and dye my clothes
It's a revolution, I suppose
We're painted red to fit right in
—Radioactive, Imagine Dragons
"You talk of overthrowing power with violence as your tool
You speak of liberation and when the people rule
Well ain't it people rule right now, what difference would there be?
Just another set of bigots with their rifle-sights on me."
—Bloody Revolutions lyrics, by Crass.
In war, ideals can be corrupted
— Optimus Prime, Transformers Prime
"You see, The Founders ain't nothing but weeds: Cut'em down, they'll just grow back. If you wanna get rid of the weed, you got to pull it up from the root."
—Daisy Fitzroy, Bioshock Infinite
"Which side are we on? We're on the side of the demons, chief. We're evil men in the gardens of paradise, sent by the forces of death to spread devastation and destruction wherever we go."
—Colonel Saul Tigh of the New Caprican Resistance to Galen Tyrol, Battlestar Galactica.
Martin Luther: You think this is my work?! This is never my work!
Spalatin in Mob: No...it's the people's work!
Martin: The people's work?
Mob: (falls silent)
Blake: I meant what I said on Goth, Avon. We are not going to use Star One to rule the federation. We are going to destroy it.
Avon: I never doubted that. I never doubted your fanaticism. As far as I am concerned, you can destroy whatever you like. You can stir up a thousand revolutions. You can wade in blood up to your armpits. Oh, and you can lead the rabble to victory, whatever that might mean. Just so long as there is an end to it. When Star One is gone, it is finished, Blake. And I want it finished. I want it over and done with. I want to be free.
Cally: But you are free now, Avon.
Avon: I want to be free of him.
"It's easy to know what you are against, but quite another to know what you are for."
—Damien O'Donovan, The Wind That Shakes the Barley
"Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?"
"Take thee guys in what are called the "militias"—I mean, obviously they're not militias in the Second Amendment sense: "militias" are things raised by states, these are jusst paramilitary organizations.... They don't read the "Fortune 500" and put together an analysis of what's really going on in the world, all they've had rammed to their heads is, "The Federal Government's your enemy." If you come to them with a political framework that could lead to some kind of productive change, it's all just another power-play as far as they're concerned—and with some justice: everything else they've been told is a crock, so why should they believe you?"
"The only thing left and right have in common is a disdain for the liberals. The conservatives are now tending toward fascism ó crack down on dissent, support your local police, disobey the Supreme Court ó while the New Left wants to destroy the entire system. Emotionally, Iím drawn to the New Left. I would certainly go to the barricades for any movement that wants to sweep away the Pentagon, Time interviews and frozen French fried potatoes. But what is to take its place? The New Left not only have no blueprint, they donít want a blueprint. Letís just see what happens, they say. Well, I can tell them what will happen: first anarchy, then dictatorship. They are rich in Tom Paines, but they have no Thomas Jefferson."
—Gore Vidal, Playboy 1969