In response to protests led by students against his dictatorial leadership, Ne Win abolished students unions and dynamited student union buildings at Rangoon University, leaving 100 university students dead. All unions immediately started to violate laws, restricting the basic civil rights of millions of people. This is considered a part of root cause of student-led protests which led to 8888 uprising. In addition to that, demonetizing three-fourth bank notes caused students unable to afford their tuition fee, resulting in the closure of universities and high schools(The Role of Students in the 8888 People’s Uprising in Burma, 2011).Consequently, the dissatisfaction of students was building, leading to a seemingly innocuous fight between students and civilian over the selection of music in a teashop near the Rangoon University,sparkinga major upheaval. The participants were,subsequently, arrested by police coming to intervene into the fight to stop the conflict, clubbing one person to death in the process.
The Knights of Labor participated in the Haymarket Strike. Employers were planning to cut the wages of their employees by replacing them with industrialized machinery. This angered employees and many turned to the Labor Unions, most notably the Knights of Labor at the time, to hold strikes and boycotts. In Chicago on May 4th, 1886, tens of thousands of men and women of all different races and nationalities rallied together in hope of gaining an eight hour workday. ("Haymarket Square Riot" U.S. History in Context).
The movement for the eight-hour workday was one of the most violent struggles for laborers. Their struggle is defined by protests that were broken up by the police and the Pinkertons. The Pinkertons were a mercenary police group for hire, whose services were often retained to break strikes. Many people were killed before demands to shorten the workday were finally met. In response to a protest at the McCormick Harvester factory in Chicago where the police reportedly killed six workers, local radicals led by Albert Parsons organized a meeting at Haymarket Square in downtown Chicago.
However, instead of arresting the demonstrators the police opened fire shooting 249 people and killing 69. Fearing wide spread violence in the wake of the shooting, the government declared a nation wide State of Emergency, and on April 8, 1960 the ANC and PAC were banned. The Sharpeville tragedy focused the worlds attention, for the first time, to the racial problems of South Africa and brought apartheid into the social conscience. For more information on what happened at Sharpeville take a look at The Sharpeville Massacre: A Watershed in South Africa (external link) an essay written by The Rt. Reverend Ambrose Reeves.
The rebels would use the profits from selling conflict diamonds to fund illegal activity and to purchase more weapons for their armies. While rebels had control of the diamond mines they killed approximately 4 million people and countless families were displaced. The acts of violence that were performed by rebels in Africa were horrific. Adults and children were murdered, mutilated, tortured, and raped. The Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Sierra Leone performed despicable acts of cutting off a people's body parts with machetes to instill fear in the community.
In 1856 the same group attacked the Kansas territory where Brown and his family resided, which much like anyone would he saw as a threat and attacked in revenge killing 5 pro-slavery activists. Not much later the activists retaliated killing Browns son (Utter 1883). Brown and a group of men planned to go to Harpers Ferry, Virginia and seize the U.S arsenal. His plan was funded by various wealthy northern abolitionists and on October 16, 1859 his plan started to come into action. After the two-day battle back and forth between Browns men and the U.S Marines, seventeen people had died and Brown was arrested and put to trial, which led to the jury decision on November 2, 1859 for him to be hanged for murder and treason.
On May second, the ROTC building at Kent State was burnt down during a protest. The next step was calling in the National Gaurd as ordered by the Governor. The national guard helped on campus by seeing that the new eleven o’clock p.m. curfew was followed by all students. This caused more anger among the students, and added more people to the rebellion that would otherwise not have become involved. On May 4th 1970, when rallies surfaced again in the commons area, tear gas was used to disperse the crowd.
In the takeover of a village in Cote D’ivoire the Zimbabwe killed more than 200 local diamond miners. The outcome of this mass murder caused the Zimbabwe to force the adults and children to mine for diamonds. The Zimbabwe punished diamond miners who disobey their orders. The punishments would be beatings, torture, rape, and murder. Groups like the Rebels from Sudan, the Revolutionary United Front from Sierra Leone and the Zimbabwe from Cote D’ivoire are killing innocent citizens from the villages.
Capitalism has widely been regarded as one of the most advanced intellectual achievements of the past few centuries. However, a system which is largely credited for alleviating “human misery” is actually perpetuating it (Goldberg, 6). Capitalism inherently fuels inequality leading to poverty among the powerless. Jonah Goldberg in his article, Capitalism Has Lifted Billions Out of Poverty, attributed the economic theory to ending poverty, but failed to recognize that capitalism’s lofty goals are merely fulfilled on paper. Equal opportunity must exist for capitalism to end human misery, however the stratification of society ensures that no individual has equal access to the keys of capitalist success.
Impact of Economic Inequality Economic Inequality undermines the productivity and morale of working people, and limit the number of people who could participate in the market and thus a country deprives itself of the contributions the lower section of its society could make to its economic development. Inequality of incomes leads to some other very serious economic and social consequences: (i) Class-conflict & Political Abuse: It has created two sections in society—the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-not’s—which are ever on the war path. This has resulted in ever mounting social tensions and political discontent. The rich dominate the political machinery, and they use it to promote their own exclusive interests. Political equality is a myth without