The root cause is always the people. People choose their govenments in any situation.

From the ones that allow the most freedom to the most restrictive dictatorships - those being governed are always in control because they always outnumber those in charge and if necessary they can rise up en masse and change it.

The reason they don't is because life isn't bad enough for them to want to personally risk dying to do so.

The point of war used to be to get the people in a country to decide that life was now so difficult that they should - in fact - change that government.

Now we do our best to make sure that those who allowed that government to exist in the first place are shielded from the effects of their decisions.

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You obviously didn't read what I wrote. It has nothing to do with history and everything to do with psychology.

People may not "choose" to have a government. It may be thrust upon them. However, refusal to act to change that government becomes implied consent - therefore they are "choosing" that government. And in the process, people get the government they deserve.

Re-read the Solzhenitsyn quote - about the very Russians you speak of and their Bolshevik governement. It may have been thrust upon them by revolution, but they had the choice to fight it. They could have - had they been willing to fight and die - waited in ambush for the security services and as Solzhenitsyn said - made them dread going to work every day. Would that have changed things? Who knows - they didn't try - that's the point. They chose not to be willing to fight and die therefore they - by implied consent - chose that government.

Same thing applies to the Chinese. Same thing applies to any government. If the people want to change it, they will - even if it means they have to fight and die. If they won't, they are choosing that government instead of another.

As for the Bolsheviks, the horns were always there, the people simply chose not to see them in the beginning. Any form of government (in this case socialism) that implies it is okay to take from the labor of one and give to another - by force - has horns. If they can take your labor at the point of a gun, they can take anything you have including your life.


My limited knowledge of the revolutions were that their govt became so intolerable corrupt and tyrannical that communism appeared to be a good alternative. But the end result is meet the new boss same as the old boss.

Sandy K
Sandy K

Surperbly said DBG, it is rare to see objectively these in times of moral righteousness, and responsibility deflection. The buck always stop with some else else attitude eventually leads to stupidity that we see today, however.....this too shall pass...humanity is never lost.......this too shall pass