How revolution shook the world, and continues to shake it
If you've made the mistake of calling my family "patriots" because they fought with George Washington, you're been given a false view of history. My family weren't patriots, they were revolutionaries. You can find them in the snake map up there, they were M (Massachusetts)
The Revolutionary War, which started in 1776 and ended with the forming of the United States of America, was just one of the shocks that were waking up the old order at the time. And the old order was a world of tremendous wealth being held by a very tiny percentage of the population, while the rest of the world carried them. It was feudalism, serfdom, colonialism, and slavery.
It's impossible to say exactly when this type of thinking arose among common people, but it's usually referred to as "the Age of Reason", which lead to "the Enlightenment". It was something that began with the Renaissance, which can be seen either as the end of the "Dark Ages" or the "the Era of Faith".
My family, in the United States, decided to throw off the "Diving Right of Kings" and to instead embrace Humanism. There was to be no official State Religion, no King. It was an outrageous idea, and one that the world waited to see fail. But it caught on, like wildfire.
In France, the cry was "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!" which ultimately meant that the fat cats would have to go. And they killed the King, and the aristocrats. Yes, they chopped their heads off. And then in the 20th Century, the Tsar in Russia was executed. The revolutionaries took over.
Of course, what happens after a revolution is what it's all about. In France, Napoleon stepped in and declared himself a divine ruler, until they finally exiled him. When Russia became the U.S.S.R., the Communists created a state of terror for the people that is still a lesson on what not to do. In places like Cuba, the Communist Government was so terrible that people were literally swimming away, choosing their chances of death rather than stay there.
My family didn't want to be a colony supporting England. And many countries supported their wealth based on colonialism, especially England. To this day, there are people fighting to break away from that type of oppression. Some call them terrorists, some call them freedom fighters. They're all revolutionaries.
Posted by Brad Hall