Sunday, 17 April 2016
Is This The Revolution?
"'I'm against revolutions...'"
-Poul Anderson, Flandry's Legacy (New York, 2012), p. 320.
Here, Flandry means by "revolution" a military, or more specifically a space naval, uprising intended to replace one Emperor with another and I agree with him although I would call that a coup.
Skida Thibodeau says:
"'This no gentlemon war, dis de Revolution. All or nothing.'"
-Jerry Pournelle and SM Stirling, The Prince (New York, 2002), p. 836.
I disagree with Thibodeau. If her movement were revolutionary, then her aim and therefore also her means, would have to be different. A qualitative transformation in the lives of the population would have to be a political goal, not cynical rhetoric. Lives cannot be transformed by knowingly spreading disinformation or by deliberately provoking the authorities so that they increase repression. Thibodeau's goal is merely to change the people at the top of society.
The American Civil War was a social revolution because it transformed slaves into free workers.