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Why the Rich are Revolting

This article discusses the very important point that authoritarian/leftist revolutions are always carried out by the left-wing of the upper middle class almost as a matter of general historical law. Revolts can come from any layer of society. Historically, there have have revolts by slaves, peasants, workers, ethnic groups, religions, soldiers, even the conservative sectors of the middle classes when they feel their interests are being threatened. Since the early modern period, there has been one authoritarian revolution after another carried out by the left-wing of the upper middle class of the era, while espousing the dominant ideology of the left-wing of the middle class at the time.

The Cromwellian Revolution was the initial coming to power of the bourgeoisie in England under the guise of the anti-royalist, anti-papist puritan ideology. The American Revolution was the coming to power of the merchant, banker, and planter class in the colonies under the guise of the Lockean liberal ideology. The French Revolution was the coming to power of what would today because the “professional class” under the guise of the extreme wing of the Enlightenment ideology influenced by Jean Jacques Rousseau. The Communist revolutions of the 20th century were the coming to power of comparable classes is pre-industrial and colonized nations. At present, the dominant ideology of the left-wing of the Western upper middle classes is totalitarian humanism. Historically, authoritarian leftist regimes have come to power by riding the wave of popular rebellions. History is presently repeating itself.

By Ed West


“That strange revolution which sees the sons of the bourgeois throw cobblestones at the sons of proletarians.” So observed the French writer Jean Cau of Paris in 1968, when student protests about living conditions at the university erupted into a historic rebellion against the old guard.

That year, the United States was rocked by riots, assassinations and political crisis, and half a century later, history seems to be, if not repeating itself, then certainly rhyming. Yet while there are huge differences between the 1968 and 2020 disturbances, the one continuous theme running through both uprisings, and indeed all revolutions down the years, is the prominent role of the middle class. In particular, the upper-middle-class, the haute bourgeoise, are the driving force behind revolt and disorder throughout history, especially — as with today — when they feel they have no future.


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