Friday, February 18, 2011

Apparatus of a Revoliution by Harrison S.

Revolutions have been a part of history as a way for the people of a country to stand up to its government. The Thirteen colonies started a revolution as a way to break free from their mother country, Britain. The South instigated a revolution that would later become known as the American Civil War. It is inevitable to deny that revolutions change the way a country is run, or at least attempts to change the way it is run. Revolutions usually involve violence and that has not changed to this day. What has changed, however, is the way revolutions are started. In the American Revolution, the war started in the courts and legislative houses arguing over taxes. The situation escalated when the revolution went from the legislative houses to physical acts of harm in the Boston harbor. In those days, revolutions started with letter writing and continued with violence.

Currently, there is a revolution occurring in Egypt. The difference between this revolution and the American Revolution are the way they were started. The credit to the start of the Egypt revolution has gone to a group of protesters on Facebook. According to a New York Times article, a group on Facebook was set up in order to raise awareness for a wave of isolated labor strikes set off by government privatizations and runaway inflation. Rioters and protesters have taken to the streets of Egypt and have set buildings on fire, looted government buildings and attacked Riot Control Police. In this regard, revolutions are the same as they were in the 1700's. What has changed, however, is the way they were started. It has gone from letter writing in Congress to online posts on Facebook.

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