Ostensibly, if the mods feel this is in the incorrect category, please move it.
I thought, that since I couldn't find this on ATS, I'd post it!
Looking at the French Revolution and America's present situation, I can see some simiarities. This is a partial pasting of the list, and the theory
page is here:
1. People from all social classes are discontented.
2. People feel restless and held down by unacceptable restrictions in society, religion, the economy or the government.
3. People are hopeful about the future, but they are being forced to accept less than they had hoped for.
4. People are beginning to think of themselves as belonging to a social class, and there is a growing bitterness between social classes.
5. The social classes closest to one another are the most hostile.
6. The scholars and thinkers give up on the way their society operates.
7. The government does not respond to the needs of its society.
8. The leaders of the government and the ruling class begin to doubt themselves. Some join with the opposition groups.
9. The government is unable to get enough support from any group to save itself.
10. The government cannot organize its finances correctly and is either going bankrupt or trying to tax heavily and unjustly.
Note numbers 2, 3, 6, 7, and 10. What this thread is for, along with discussion of all ten and the other things mentioned on the linked page, is a
discussion of what you, as the reader, see in mostly America, or as a stretch, the rest of the world.
[edit on 20-2-2009 by Lifthrasir]