I am hoping. I am one of the few liberals who sometimes thinks it might come to armed revolution in one of two ways: either the gun-toting right wingers who have become incensed at having a black president will take over this country by force for their ignorant religious views, or on the other side, our country might be so far gone to moneyed interests that the democratic process is nullified, no matter how we vote our so-called representatives will always do what their paying corporate masters tell them in defiance of our rights or will, and we won't be able to take our country back from the corporations unless we take it back by force--not something I want to happen, but something I fear might come to be the only way to fix things. If voting is the only way to change things and the moneyed interests have nullified its effects (through voter suppression or through gerrymandering, or through simply buying the candidates), then what other tools will we really have? Especially since they want to eliminate the internet for the rest of us. If they could make it illegal for us to even speak a differing point of view they would--and they do anyway, as they allow employers to fire people for their political speech outside of work. We have the freedom to think for ourselves, just so long as we don't open our mouths about it to anyone. How do you fight back when that is happening, and keeps getting worse?
Of course, I just get more and more involved in the political process and in campaigning and everything, in the hopes that we aren't so broken that we can't fix things with peaceful means. But it seems pretty hopeless at times, as our rights are trampled more and more by right-wing conservative "business-friendly" human rights unfriendly policies and as our politicians (choose from one of two flavors: Republican or Republican lite!) continue to obey the 1% to the detriment of the rest of us.
One of the advantages of academic life is that is forces you to become a citizen of the world through travel and exchange of viewpoints in your area of expertise. You are faced with the fact that many of your colleagues speak a different language. It is amazingly good for you to recognize the differences in nationalities while at the same time sharing common interests.
I remember a case where a young man from an African country with a repressive government, after finishing a Ph.D., returned home where he was subjected to political threats. A group of mathematicians organized a fake conference in the United States to which he was invited and given a round trip ticket purchased by his colleagues so he could defect and probably save his life.
I think that the idea of a war on an abstract noun rather than a nation state is ludicrous, an outpouring of bullshit from Bush Minor, and the tragedy is that the current incumbent of the presidency has been hamstrung by the republican regressives. If a revolution is justified, it is justified to eliminate the undue influence of major corporations over the good of the people.