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Revolutionary exceptionalism

May 3rd, 2010 (08:32 pm)

Something I've been wondering about:

Most revolutions turn corrupt; the liberators wind up finding excuses to become masters. Is the American Revolution actually an exception, or have the horror stories just been suppressed?

(Yes, we now have a master class; but it seems to have taken a long time, and not grown directly out of the class that led the revolution.)


Posted by: Alexx Kay (alexx_kay)
Posted at: May 4th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)

Response A: Note the position about freedom of slaves that failed to make it into the Declaration of Independence. (If you haven't seen the film 1776, it's a pretty nifty dramatization, and I recommend it.)

Response B: Quite a lot of the problems that our country currently faces have their roots in the Civil War.

Those horror stories have hardly been suppressed. Of course, many others have, such as our rape of the Philippines.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: May 4th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)

Good point. So maybe part of the reason we didn't have
an equivalent of the Terror was that we left a substantial chunk of the master class in place, and deferred that part of the revolution. When it finally came, it was far bloodier than the Terror.

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