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Revolutionary dynamics vs ‘free’ revolution

July 9th, 2015 · No Comments

http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap6_5_2.htm: Theory and Ideology:
Out of Revolution

WHEE had a lot of material on revolutionary dynamics with a warning that history shifts gear and rote repetitions of early modern and/or bolshevik style revolutions usually fail.

The model in WHEE shows clearly that early modern revolutions are ‘macro’ while the later sequence is ambiguously ‘micro’. That means simply that we can’t take revolutionary momentum for granted and need to be vigilant to follow through on a revolutionary project.
And note that the FIRST modern revolution was the two-pronged Reformation: Luther/Calvinist/bourgeois and Munzer/communist/peasant revolt…this is reflected in the English Civil War. By the time of the American Revolution we see only the bourgeois revolution, but with a populist surge that made a so-called ‘democracy’ out of a republic of the bourgeoisie.

So the dynamics of revolution is not easy to understand. But the whole point of revolution is to override history with history: create a ‘macro’ initiative out of the sluggish flow.

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