“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F. Kennedy
Revolutions erupt when a variety of often different resentments merge to assault an unsuspecting regime. The broader the revolutionary coalition, the greater its ability to destroy existing patterns of authority. But the more sweeping the change, the more violence is needed to reconstruct authority, without which society will disintegrate. Reigns of terror are not an accident; they are inherent in the scope of revolution.
==World Order (Henry Kissinger)
After several years of research, I’ve concluded that a transformation of American community has come to affect everything from our propensity to innovate to our capacity to care for one another. It has disrupted our social institutions as much as it’s thrown a wrench into our politics. Without notice, a quiet revolution over the course of several decades upended the foundation that girded the very pillars—government, businesses, banks, schools—in which the public has lost faith.
==The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of American Community (Marc J. Dunkelman)
The revolution under way around us isn’t something we can choose to be a part of or not. It is largely unavoidable. In this regard it is distinct from, say, the revolutions of the nineteenth century, in which the big challenge for revolutionaries like Marx was how to get people to care enough to act, to get involved. Today there’s no choice.
==The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It (Joshua Cooper Ramo)