Wednesday, February 2, 2011

On revolution...

Ever since I studied the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution in my IB World Studies classes in high school, I've been intrigued by the idea of popular uprisings as a way to bring about social change.  To say nothing of our own American Revolution.  

One of the greatest books I read then was Crane Brinton's Anatomy of a Revolution (shout-out to Mrs. McGloine, the best history teacher ever!), and here's what he says about the revolutionary process:

"financial breakdown, [to] organization of the discontented to remedy this breakdown ... revolutionary demands on the part of these organized discontented, demands which if granted would mean the virtual abdication of those governing, attempted use of force by the government, its failure, and the attainment of power by the revolutionists" (p.253).

So, it seems that in Egypt they're at the "attempted use of force by the government, its failure" part... Here's hoping the power goes to the revolutionists soon, before more blood is shed. 

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