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iemanja's Journal
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September 3, 2014

Armchair revolutionaries

This thread brings to mind a quote by the great historian of US slavery Eugene D. Genovese: "Nothing could be more naive--or arrogant--than to ask why a Nat Turner did not appear on every plantation in the South, as if, from the comfort of our living rooms, we have a right to tell others . . when, how, and why to risk their lives and those of their loved ones." (From Rebellion to Revolution: Afro-American Slave Revolts in the Making of the New World , p.1).

While you are not asking why people haven't revolted, the casual nature with which you suggest the possibility suggests you don't understand how rare and difficult successful revolts, let alone revolutions, are.

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