During the discussion of the Russian Revolution, it seems as if after the civil war there were always two different government bodies that were in power. One of the groups would be the official leader, while the other group would have the masses behind them. An example of this is the Provisional Government and the Petrograd Soviet. Even though, the Provisional Government held the official power because the Petrograd Soviet had the masses of workers and soldiers they as well had power over Russia. This similar scenario happened again during the reign of Stalin, New Economic Policy (NEP) and the Communist Part of the Soviet Union (CPSU). Although, during this time there was a president who held the official power Stalin was really the one running the country, the President was just a figure without true power.
This began to make me wonder if what would happen if dual powers happened in the US. For example, imagine that all the masses of people no longer wanted to follow the president, so they come together and make the People’s Unit of United States, taking away all of the power for the president even though, legally the president still holds the power.
Is government only a illusion and it is really just people willingly listening to set off laws?
And if people wanted, how easily could they change the government they have?