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Saturday, July 27, 2019

On Political and Philosophical Revolutions

During the time of the French Revolution, this was a common saying: “The revolution like Saturn devours its own children.” Even the incorruptible Robespierre had a tryst with the guillotine. The Soviet Revolution too devoured several of its children—the Soviet strongman Josef Stalin prosecuted and executed more communists than the leader of any capitalist country.

When we look at the revolutionary philosophical movements of the last 250 years, we notice a similar trend of the children of the revolutions being devoured. These movements were conceived with the agenda of revolutionizing society and giving birth to a new way of life. But when these movements failed, the reputations of their founders and followers were devoured.

The political or philosophical revolutions which aim to transform society into a paradise never achieve success. Only those revolutions succeed which have a clear and limited agenda, and are being led by people who are wise enough to understand that a paradise can never be created on earth.

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