Nation: The Other Revolution

Karl Marx was never satisfied with the American Revolution. In the 1850s he expected another momentarily. For Marx and many later observers, the colonies' uprising was a "conservative" revolution that failed to make radical shifts in social and economic relations. Perhaps not at the time. But, above all, the American Revolution presented the world with a daring concept: the right of people to choose their own form of government. When Marx's revolution finally occurred in Russia, exactly the opposite principle was established: an elite was given the power to choose the government for the people. That this example has been...

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