It isn't of course, but that's not the only criterion available. It's nearly impossible to secure the implementation of a new system without preventing the old one from gaining ground again. In desperate times (which is what revolutions are born out of, and what they tend to create), harsh measures will end up being used to secure power, repression being one of them. So, we can't rely on that as the end-all-be-all of revolutionary government, since counter-revolution is a threat that needs to be extinguished before you can move on, unfortunately, by any means necessary ("Necessary" being the key word here).
I would say, in order for a revolution to truly be considered successful, it needs to:
- Provide greater safety, prosperity and liberty for its populace than its predecessor.
- Achieve the goals it set out to accomplish at the point of victory. (duh)
- Uphold its revolutionary principles whenever doing so does not conflict with criterion #1.
- Ensure the continued existence of the revolutionary system, where doing so does not come into conflict with criterion #1.
Now, there are probably others I'm missing here, but nobody can deny that this is a good starting point.
edited 28th Dec '11 7:35:04 AM by tropetown