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As Edmund O. Wilson noted in his classic "To The Finland Station" The Bolsheviks were well aware of the dynamic Brinton described. They particularly feared a Thermadorian Reaction. It has been argued that, by guarding against Thermador, they got Stalin and Stalinism. I don't want either a Bonaparte or a Thermador to come out of any 'Political Revolution'. Nor do I thing such a development is inevitable. But it has to be a concern. The status quo is unsustainable - politically, economically, socially and ecologically. So we have no real choice but to try to change it.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed May 25th, 2016 at 01:14:26 PM EST

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