You hear it whispered all the time " We are on the verge of upheaval if the inequality keeps growing". It's worth taking an an historical snapshot of where U.S. Society is now in terms of its long term stability. A solid historical analysis is the work
by Harvard Historian Crane Brinton "Anatomy of Revolution".
Brinton analyzed the British, American, French and Russian revolutions to find their commonalities and difference. He was far from a advocate of the principles of any of the 4 big Revolutions. Revolutions are like volcanos: sudden, violent and very difficult to predict, but also have tell-tale warning signals, like tremors.
- Sheer Incompetence of the Doomed Regime. All great upheavals share a government that just stumbles its way into being overthrown. Anybody think of examples close to home in the last few years?
- Economic Crises. Economies of France and Russia were terrible just before the 2 revolutions. In America and Britain, it was taxation, and the perception of unfairness of the economy. How many crises can you count on this web site?
- Treason of the Intellectuals. The nattering classes become increasingly vocal and open in opposition to the Regime. How striking that so many commentators today speak of the populist
uprising we now have.
- Military Misadventures. In America and Britain, ham-handed use of force against the Puritans and Patriots backfired. In France, the unbearable expense of support for the American Revolution bred resentment. In Russia, World War I was a disaster, blood bath and military fiasco. But then, now in America, we can feel just great about Iraq, and Afganistan, can't we?
- Polarization of Politics and Society. Haves and Have-nots.
Ideology et cetera. This one is easy and so dangerous in this
time we are in.