Revolutions

Revolutions are doomed to fail: they can radically transform the political structure, but they can't radically transform human nature.

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Ahish said…
I presume you are talking about political revolutions. I think you have got it opposite. It is a dissatisfaction with current political structure that leads to revolutions. As they are 'political' their goal is not to transform human nature. In fact I suspect that the new political structure created after revolution is influenced by human nature.
F. said…
Ever did a revolutionary fight for a lost cause. There are no other ideals to champion, because there are no other ideals--only reality.
Awais Aftab said…
@ Ahish

I had something different in mind. I was basically thinking about capitalism vs communism, and it appears to me that capitalism is somewhat more closer to tendencies of human nature (that doesn't make it right per se) and communism feels like an externally imposed discipline which ends up being tyranny. Of course, it is a sweeping generalization and may not be so accurate after all.
Lorenzo said…
The Glorious Revolution of 1688 was quite successful. But it was not a radical transformation, so much as an entrenchment of checks and balances.