03 April 2007

The Rare Successful Revolution

I wonder if the American Revolution has taught some Americans the wrong lesson. That radical and swift change can bring about mild consequences, when in reality radical and swift change is just as or perhaps more likely to bring about horrific regimes, events, etc. Alright, I'll take my Burkean hat off now.


Shem said...

I think the bigger error is thinking that the American Revolution represented a huge shift, making it comparable to modern revolutions. Political alterations and economic damage notwithstanding, the average person's life didn't change that much from one system to the other.

Grotius said...


You are right. Anyway, in many ways it largely confirmed some things that had grown up into being over time here. Namely ideas like popular sovereignty and an expanded franchise.