I'm sure the Corporate Oligarchs around the world are wondering about Spartacus right now. Especially under the influence of an unceasing flow of information about them via the Internet. There was no such thing during the three documented Servile Wars in Italy between 135 BC and 71 BC. I can't imagine what it would have been like for Rome if they had the Internet at that time.
It's the very essence of why no Roman Legion was allowed to be stationed in Rome itself. Did they teach you that in history? I would not be surprised if they didn't. The vast numbers of unemployed men, and now women are joining the military as a means of escape from starvation at home.
Unlike some countries where everyone must serve at least two years with an option to stay in the military, the United States is made up of highly patriotic multi-generational members, members who sought a way to get into college, members who saw no other means of employment, and those who were ordered to serve by a judge, and don't tell me that's not true because I met those types when I served.
The point is the income disparity in the U.S. is growing so large that the oligarchs soon will not be able hide anymore, and the economic impact is already reverberating throughout the military, because many military families are finding themselves going to food banks and qualifying for government aid in addition to the meager benefits they have as spouses and children of military service members. The deplorable conditions of veteran services and hospitals is no longer news isolated away from active duty members.
The U.S. Intelligence community is adding fuel to the fire with domestic spying scandals, the Justice Department is adding fuel to the fire as a thug for the Internal Revenue Service which itself is scandalized by targeting political groups. Local law enforcement is regularly violating the U.S. Constitutional rights of citizens with impunity and the State Governors have organized into a separate clandestine national organization intent on breaking unions and undermining the authority of the U.S. House of Representatives in a bid for power. All financed by a handful of corporate oligarchs.
Military service members are seeing all of this. The Oligarchs are feeling the need to cull the disgruntled troops. Syria at this moment is an example of how the oligarchs can run a proxy war to thin out the combatants from a population, leaving behind a few troublemakers, but not need to worry for at least a couple of generations before they come back for revenge.
I don't know what's going to happen between the U.S. Russia, and China, but I can tell you the "leaders" won't mind an all-out war between all the troops from all sides if it diminishes the threat of a global revolution.
This is how the Arab Spring is being tamped down, by starting civil wars and fomenting sectarian violence, being deliberately shoddy at rigging elections to anger the populations, and injecting agent provocateurs with chemical weapons.
How much longer can we wait? Protesting is no longer effective in a rigged political system.