posted on Jun, 26 2010 @ 06:10 PM
A superpower in decline, dragged down by a destructive seven-year war.
A once-mighty economy hollowed-out and riddled with escalating, unpayable deficits.
An out-of-touch elite growing ever-more fabulously wealthy and debauched while the middle and lower classes sank into desperate jobless misery and
Bold, new ideas about freedom spreading through a new technology and new forms of media (the hand-bill press) to large numbers of people, waking them
up for the first time.
If so, you might find value in a review of the French Revolution and all that it entailed, if you haven't studied the topic in depth since your
schooldays or whatever. I found the following three-part video series to be fascinating and provocative on many levels:
The French Revolution (video)
The paralells of our own times with the pre-revolutionary scenario are obvious. Beyond this, the horror of the Great Terror that followed is a
sobering reminder of how even the most noble intentions can spiral out of control.
Would be interested in any general impressions by any posters regarding the French Revolution and what it has to teach us today.
*I found video link above from the link in the first post of this thread
recently by shauny
. Thanks shauny!
[edit on 6/26/10 by silent thunder]