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Violence is a symptom, not a cause.

Revolutions remove the usual social checks and balances. This creates a breeding ground for ambitious sociopaths and psychopaths, who can now use violence of all kinds for entertainment and self-advancement.

The same thing happens if the usual social checks and balances break down for any other reason. Sometimes the sociopaths are already in the Establishment; this is happening now in the UK, where a vicious regime is trying to undermine the usual contract of decency and law in order to attack the poor and disabled.

If you can create regime change without allowing the sociopaths to breed, a reign of terror becomes unlikely.

This can happen by luck rather than judgement, but a response to Burke is that it's absolutely fine to break the established order, especially if it glories in violence of its own. The problem is creating a civil revolution which excludes careerists, chancers, and crazies.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon May 30th, 2016 at 10:45:36 PM EST
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