Monday, December 30, 2013

Why Revolutions Fail, and Why America Loves Them

The reason why revolutions do not produce stable democracies has less to do with the greed of revolutionary leaders than the nature of revolutions themselves.

So says the author in this article noodling the question of why we, as Americans, love revolutionaries – even when they're liable to dislike us.

Funny...I thought it had more to do with the deeply ingrained habits of the societies in question. If you aren't intellectually prepared to govern yourself, you ultimately won't do so. A dictator will take on that responsibility, whether he uses the trapping of a popular mandate or not.

And that's okay. The sooner Americans realize that "democracy" is not an absolute good for all people in all circumstances, the better. For us, and for them.

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