We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal
. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.
Which "side" are we on? We're on the side of the demons, Chief. We're evil men in the gardens of paradise, sent by the forces of death to spread devastation and destruction wherever we go.
: I meant what I said on Goth, Avon. We are not going to use Star One
to rule the Federation. We are going to destroy it. Avon
: I never doubted that. I never doubted your fanaticism. As far as I am concerned, you can destroy whatever you like. You can stir up a thousand revolutions. You can wade in blood up to your armpits. Oh, and you can lead the rabble to victory, whatever that might mean. Just so long as there is an end to it.
soon realized that the inner light which once inspired the peasants had ignited into a raging fire of frenzy. Her followers no longer drew inspiration from her. The only example she set was revenge, and only bullies responded favorably.
Most folk suppress their rebellious urges, or channel them through fashion or song. A few, however, lash out. Churches burn. Lords are slain. Altars are desecrated and holy rites are turned upside-down to mock their sanctity. Of all the souls on the Path of Screams
, the most vigorous ones turn to the Darkness because the light seems so totally corrupt. When order serves no purpose other than the fatting of the rich, they say, then order should be overturned.
In a revolution, blood must be spilled.
Fighting for what you believe is commendable, but the ends do not always justify the means. Blood Mage:
You dont really believe that, do you, Wynne? Change rarely comes peacefully. Andraste waged war on the Imperium; she didnt write them a strongly worded letter.
She reshaped civilization, freed the slaves, and gave us the Chantry. But people died for it.
Crush the old order and create a new society!
Usually, what happens is that, in the case of the Russian Civil War and the Cuban Revolution, the reactionary faction in power is brutal and uses atrocious methods to eliminate the rebel threat like torture. The rebels are then forced to become just as bad if they want to secure victory. Violence breeds violence.
According to official North Korean
mythology, Kim Il Sung, the 'Great Leader,' is immortal, arose from the grave to be with us forever, and lives in the hearts of every Korean, who all bubble over with intense love and adoration toward Him, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera
. According to everyone else, he was a failed guerrilla leader who spent much of WWII unsuccessfully attempting to free Korea from the iron fist of the Japanese so it could be seized by the iron fist of Kim Il Sung instead.
Our own age can fairly be called a post-revolutionary one. In 1989, the former dissidents who took power in Central and Eastern Europe mostly refused to call themselves revolutionaries. Writing in a French newspaper that year, the bicentennial of the French Revolution, the Polish Solidarity leader Jacek Kuron explained soberly that revolutions were not things to be celebrated, because they shed too much blood. Germans deliberately called the collapse of East Germany die Wendethe changenot the revolution. As human rights have assumed a greater importance than ever before in international politics, with violations reported instantaneously, world-wide, world opinion has become far less tolerant than it once was of revolutionary excesses.
The passions of a revolution are apt to hurry even good men into excesses
The Frenchman came to remove our fetters. But he took our boots
—Polish peasants in the path of Napoléon Bonaparte
, from 1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow
by Adam Zamoyski.
To destroy that enemy, by some means or other, the force opposed to it should be made to bear some analogy and resemblance
to the force and spirit which that system exerts.
—Edmund Burke on the Jacobins
We shall distinguish in Robespierre two men, apostle of liberty, and Robespierre the most infamous of tyrants.
The vessel of Revolution can arrive at port only on a sea reddened by torrents of blood.
— Louis Antoine de Saint-Just
If you took the most ardent revolutionary, vested him in absolute power, within a year he would be worse than the Tsar himself
A few years from now, I told him, perhaps others would be killing each other for anti-nationalist ideals. Then they would laugh at our own killings just as we had laughed at the Byzantines. These others would indulge in mutual slaughter with the same enthusiasm, though their ideals were new
. Warfare under the entirely fresh banners would be just as disgraceful as always. They might even rip each others' guts out then with religious zeal, claiming that they were 'fighting to end all fighting.
' But they took would be followed by still others who would laugh at them with the same gusto.
—Stratis Myrivilis, Life in the Tomb
Revolution is not a dinner party, nor an essay, nor a painting, nor a piece of embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.
Marx and Lenin have taught us that anything is ethical, so long as it is in the interest of the proletarian class and its world revolution.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
The surest way to work up a crusade in favor of some good cause is to promise people they will have a chance of maltreating someone. To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your bad behavior 'righteous indignation' this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats.
I do say that I am in favor of the return of the guillotine and that is for the worst of the worst of the guilty. I first would allow the guilty bankers to pay, you know, the ability to pay back anything over $100 million [sic
] personal wealth because I believe in a maximum wage of $100 million. And if they are unable to live on that amount of that amount then they should, y'know, go to the reeducation camps and if that doesnt help, then being beheaded.
You cannot make a revolution in white gloves.
My understanding of the Middle East leads me to conclude that the west should not be too happy. It will bring enormous problems to American interest. It is called "Arab Spring" for now, and I guess it will soon turn to be the winter for the Middle East.