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The Promise and Peril of Revolutionary Times: A Warning From History

After another long day of working around the house I decided I needed to republish an older article about the promise and peril f revolutionary times while taking in a couple of beers at Gordon Biersch. I took some time to update and edit the original. I think that it is worth the read in light of what is happening around the world and how the Arab Spring has metastasized into a number of bloody civil,wars and Egypt is looking into the abyss. Peace, Padre Steve+

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“In a revolution, as in a novel, the most difficult part to invent is the end.” – Alexis de Tocqueville

“They who clamor loudest for freedom are often the ones least likely to be happy in a free society.”  Eric Hoffer – The True Believer

I don’t know about you but it seems that everywhere I look that revolution is in the air.  Revolutionary times can be exciting to watch or even to participate in because all at least initially cater to the hopes of people, the hope of change, freedom, justice and equity are common themes.   As a historian I find it fascinating to observe revolutions and to read about revolutions throughout history.  But I always have a concern about how even the most well intentioned revolts against real or perceived injustice often miscarry and create conditions ripe for civil war, dictatorship and even regional or world war.

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