"Vin Haiducii" ("The Outlaws Are Coming")

Un haiduc, in my maternal language (Romanian ) means an outlaw but the connotation is different than the one in English - most Romanians, I would say praise these outlaws. For us, un haiduc is a man who revolts against suppressing authorities and we have many stories, legends and fables about such outlaws. In the history of my country of birth, they were warriors who robbed and stole from wealthy-greedy landowners and gave in turn to those who lived in poverty. It is much the same with the story of Robin Hood, only that for Romanians this was quite real and not fictional.

Haiducii (the outlaws) lived either in small groups or alone and rode from their hide-outs in the forested mountains, raiding the establishments of corrupt lords and members of the aristocracy. These warriors were fearless and they were supported by commoners, many of which would often join their cause. In larger bands, they would from a sort of militia and would act as mercenaries too.

I have been thinking about haiduci (outlaws) for a few years now; to be specific, ever since the fraudulent economic collapse of the financial system took place. The common man got robbed by banksters. Now, we are told to swallow the austerity measures pill. Many people are going hungry world-wide. The numbers are on the increase and as stated by the World Food Programme Organization, hunger kills more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined!

“One in seven people will go to bed hungry tonight.” (www.wfp.org)

In Spain, things have taken an interesting turn lately. In the southern part of the country, in the town of Marinaleda, Mayor Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo led citizens to raid supermarkets, in order to get food (http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/economic-crisis-riots-food-raids-and-the-collapse-of-spain/). As food prices are soaring due to inflation and bad harvests, many people are feeling the pinch. Never mind about all those unemployed people world-wide. The situation is looking shady ... people are beginning to raid super-markets in the western world; it seems our societies are going backwards.

Here in Canada, we also have had our own stories about people protesting about the increase in food prices this summer. “The Canadian Press reports that residents in Canada’s northern communities are paying as much as $20 for a head of cabbage and $15 for a small bag of apples. Not to mention $82 for a case of ginger ale” (http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/food/news/first-nations-inuit-protest-high-food-prices-66665). Life is honestly incredible in some places, even here in Ontario. I have written in the past about First Nations communities without access to potable water, with people living in tents and/or sheds at minus thirty degrees Celsius: no running water, no toilets, etc. And this is Canada!

How can people not start raising-up and raiding supermarkets, or anything else for that matter? I suppose I was sort of expecting this. I did and still think that haiducii se-ntorc (the outlaws are returning) from my childhood’s history books. I welcome them. They do come when they are needed. And the common man certainly needs them now because he/she is no longer represented in government due to the infiltration of lobbyists and interest groups. Our governments have been high-jacked and when corruption flourishes so do the outlaws!

Note: My photographs, Toronto, Canada, 2010 - Last photograph is from Tampa, Florida, 2011

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maxoxam41 4 years ago from USA

The anonymous is one group among others (hopefully). For the time being, I am a latent un haiduc. When time will call for action, I will rise!

Since uprisings will be inevitable, since inflation is awaiting us, what will be the final solution for the elite? The resurgence of a sexual virus (new strain with higher resistance) that will kill and annihilate reproduction?

Keep your precious metal, collect seeds, learn to handle a gun seem a good advice for a starter.

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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Down here in the Southwest USA we have a phenom known as wild fires. What comes before the fire is wasted rotting tinder. A shard of glass with enough sunlight will ignite an area a mile wide. What you describe is a similar social condition. One charismatic leader and the tinder will self ignite. Damage control is all that can be done, containment is not part of the equation.

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NateB11 4 years ago from California, United States of America

Yes, you are absolutely right, when the people are left to struggle to survive, then outlaws and rebels will flourish and be heroes; I'm surprised the rich and powerful don't take this into account.

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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Good to see You Mr. Maxoxam41,

Indeed inflation will continue. Ben Bernanke is considering another stimulus injection for the United States economy - really what that means is printing more money. With this in mind, the U.S. dollar will continue its devaluation and inflation will keep rising. No secrets here ...

Learning to live off the land is necessary, as your advice states.

All the best!

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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mr. Ericdierker,

You are completely right about how one little spark is enough to light an entire forest, if the circumstances allow it.

One charismatic and courageous leader is often all that is needed for social uprisings. It is not something strange in my mind though. Not when I have traveled up north to Attawapiskat and saw how the people of that northern Cree community have to pay fifteen dollars for a box of tea bags, or about the same price for a frozen pizza from the supermarket. Kids stay with their mittens in class in the winter because it is too cold and at home some of them have no toilets, running water and such things which most of us take for granted.

In such situations, I think uprising are only a matter of when and not if.

Thank You for stopping-by and leaving a comment.I appreciate the discussion.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mr. NateB11,

those in positions of power have been indeed thinking about uprisings.

"In January of 2007 the American Civil Liberties Union released a report based on documents obtained by a Freedom of Information Act suit showing that the Pentagon had monitored at least “186 anti-military protests in the United States and collected more than 2,800 reports involving Americans in an anti-terrorist threat database.” - Surveillance is in progress. The thing is, no regime can ever stand against the masses. That is why, we at the Occupy Movement say:

"Together United We'll Never Be Defeated!"

Thank You for your visit.

All the best!

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I saw this when it was posted and set it aside until I had time to do it justice, and justice it deserves. I'm waiting for the next big uprising, and it is coming, but I don't think the general populace has suffered enough yet. It truly is about time for citizens to take back control of a government that no longer represents them.

Excellent hub!

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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mr. Billybuc, You spoke the truth: "I don't think the general populace has suffered enough yet".

You see, I already lived through one revolution in Romania in 1989. And I was living there before, I know what hunger is and what it means to sleep with layers of cloths on because there is no heat in the winter. I wish people in North America can skip past such scenarios. Hence, I try to raise awareness about issues which should concern us all, in my opinion.

Why do we have to wait until we are living on the streets, or starving in order to try to change our lives? This is what boggles my mind.

Thank You for the visit.

All the best!

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shivanchirakkal10 4 years ago

Hi Happy,

You are correct, there, irrespective of of nations, voices are rising against corruption, against poverty, against war, against injustice etc. Today, exploitation in all means increased and the poor and toiling masses find it impossible to have a bread to eat. As you said only the one who felt hunger only know how bitter it had. The outlaws will emerge. It is learnt by history. The Government and the corporate think they are safe for ever.

I think outlaws are the reformers in their nation. They are heroes in history, and they will the heroes in future days. Millions are there including me to welcome them.

Thanks for you and the hub.

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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mr. Shivanchirakkal10,

thank You so much for taking the time to read and comment here! I appreciate it.

And You are very right in saying that history has shown previously in many parts of the world that when poverty and corruption flourishes, outlaws/haiduci will start coming out to play. Haha!!

Cheers Sir! : )

P.S. "Team Anna" in India seems to be working towards the same ideas.

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lmmartin 4 years ago from Alberta and Florida

The Arabs have a saying: "Better a century under a dictator than a day of chaos." Not that I agree with the phrase, but it does tell us why people will continue to suffer rather than fight -- fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of losing what little they have. Fear of reprisal. Fear for themselves and their children. Until conditions are so bad they offset that fear, nothing will happen.

And look at the forces rallied against them. No wonder they are afraid.

Good article.

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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mrs. Lynda,

I cannot disagree more with that Arab saying. I would take a day in which I can express my free will than a life of slavery. I stay away from Fear like most people stay away from Fire. For the most part, when I sense Fear, I go for it like pit-bulls go for the throat when fighting, with all I got.

We have a saying in Romania too: "Viata-n libertate ori moarte." - "Life in freeedom or death". It can be found in our National anthem, in a part where it speaks about some of our past kings:

"Behold, great shadows, Mihai, Ștefan, Corvinus,

The Romanian Nation, your great-grandchildren,

With weapons in their arms, with your fire in their veins,

"Life in freedom or death!" shout all."

Thank You very much for the visit and the conversation. I appreciate it.

All the best!

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cameciob 4 years ago

Mr. Happy...

I just returned from Bucharest two weeks ago. There, those Haiduci are needed the most. The prices are as high as here in the US and an avarage worker has maybe $ 600 to 700 a months for the family. Besides, the government is caught in a circus show, so to speak.

The examples you give here are very sad...but as Immartin put it, we have what we deserve.

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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mrs. Cameciob,

I am sure You enjoyed the political masquerade in Romania. Tempers are running high and so is the corruption. President Basescu does not have enough nerve in my opinion to clean the house, so to speak.

I have faith in my brothers and sisters though, we have gone through a lot worse before - we are resilient and we will make it through. All in good time.

Thank You very much for the visit and comment. : )

Toate bune! (All the best!)

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sligobay 3 years ago from east of the equator

I read your words of experience and the comments of your readers with a knowing fear that the coming disarmament of Americans is in anticipation of popular uprisings. Presently, 80 million possess firearms. There is a clandestine action by the oligarchy against the spokesmen for the second amendment and the right to bear arms. "And the common man ... is no longer represented in government due to the infiltration of lobbyists and interest groups. Our governments have been high-jacked and ... corruption flourishes ..." are true words. Violence will be misdirected by the poor against each other and then the governments will step in masquerading as the protector of the people who will beg for order rather than chaos and anarchy. There can be no organization and rebellion because there is no more secrecy. All privacy has been eroded in the war on terrorism. I have visited Romania since your revolution and its progress is rooted in capitalist beliefs. Those with some will defend against those with less. Divide and conquer is the strategy employed by the elite since the beginning of time. I am not optimistic about the future but it will be here soon. "Viata-n libertate ori moarte." - "Life in freeedom or death".

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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

"Violence will be misdirected by the poor against each other and then the governments will step in masquerading as the protector of the people who will beg for order rather than chaos and anarchy." - This can be very true, Mr. Sligobay - it has been in many occasions. That is why unity amongst the common men is important. Then, governments fall. If there is division amongst people, that leads to weakness and failure indeed.

"There can be no organization and rebellion because there is no more secrecy. All privacy has been eroded in the war on terrorism." - This is done (the achievement of privacy) the old school Italian La Cosa Nostra ways: loyal messengers and meetings face to face in odd places where voice recording is not possible - no phones and such. I don't know where I got the following quote but I love it: "Nothing is impossible, it just costs more." And here, "cost" may be anything: time, energy, etc.

Romania after the revolution got on the payroll to the IMF. I sometimes think that is why Saddam fell too and Qaddafi: neither Iraq or Libya owed any money to the banksters ... but this is just a crazy idea with little factual backing. If the dictator in Romania did one thing right was that he educated the people (the educational system was nearly impeccable when I grew up) and he got rid of all of Romania's national debt. Of course, after the revolution the grimy banksters came in full force and now, the country is in the same financial slavery as many others find themselves in. And all for the IMF (International Monetary Fund).

Viata-n libertate sau moarte. Nu exista alta cale ... (There is no other way ...)

Thank You very much for your insightful comment and for taking the time to stop by.

All the best!

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