What defines a government? How does a certain person or group rise to power? The Petrograd Soviet rose to power and created a government, simply because of support. What is most impressive is that they did this without being stopped, and without overthrowing the government at the time. I thought it very interesting, impressive, inspiring and, honestly, quite funny that the Petrograd Soviet simply created and actually ran a government. I think of a government as something so stiff and formal, and in this case it seemed pretty casual. It was just a mass of people that had support from the working class and soliders, from whom they attained power and popularity. This is why i thought about how people come to power, (without help of a system/government) and whether it was simply based off of popularity and/or support. It also made me think about today’s government: if we, as a majority of americans, didn’t like the government, or the rulers, hypothetically, we could just start our own government … couldn’t we? This question led to my thoughts of inspiration: how can I apply this idea into my life? How powerful are the masses in any given situation? I believe the answer to that question is that the masses have unlimited potential, if used for power, they can be unstoppable. However, I would love to hear some other thoughts and opinions these topics to further my thoughts, so please comment.