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Somebody in a different thread concerning the current enonomic bailout crisis said something to the effect of how the People would only take so much and that he knew some old stories about it.

That got me thinking historically about the French Revolution(1789-1799) and what set it off. It is very similar to what the situation is in the USA of the 21st Century.


Main article: Causes of the French Revolution
Adherents of most historical models identify many of the same features of the Ancien Régime as being among the causes of the Revolution. Economic factors included:

Widespread famine and malnutrition, which increased the likelihood of disease and death, and intentional starvation in the most destitute segments of the population in the months immediately before the Revolution. The famine extended even to other parts of Europe, and was not helped by a poor transportation infrastructure for bulk foods. (Some researchers have also attributed the widespread famine to an El Niño effect,[1] or colder climate of the little ice age combined with France's failure to adopt the potato as a staple crop[2])
The Ideals: Declaration of Human Rights (1789).Louis XV fought many wars, bringing France to the verge of bankruptcy, and Louis XVI supported the colonists during the American Revolution, exacerbating the precarious financial condition of the government. The national debt amounted to almost 2 billion livres. The social burdens caused by war included the huge war debt, made worse by the monarchy's military failures and ineptitude, and the lack of social services for war veterans.
An inefficient and antiquated financial system unable to manage the national debt, both caused and exacerbated by the burden of a grossly inequitable system of taxation.
The continued conspicuous consumption of the noble class, especially the court of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette at Versailles, despite the financial burden on the populace.
High unemployment and high bread prices, causing more money to be spent on food and less in other areas of the economy.
The Roman Catholic Church, the largest landowner in the country, which levied a tax on crops known as the dime or tithe. While the dîme lessened the severity of the monarchy's tax increases, it worsened the plight of the poorest who faced a daily struggle with malnutrition.
No internal trade and too many customs barriers[citation needed]
There were also social and political factors, many of which involved resentments and aspirations given focus by the rise of Enlightenment ideals:

Resentment of royal absolutism.
Resentment by the ambitious professional and mercantile classes towards noble privileges and dominance in public life, many of whom were familiar with the lives of their peers in commercial cities in The Netherlands and Great Britain.
Resentment by peasants, wage-earners, and the bourgeoisie toward the traditional seigneurial privileges possessed by nobles.
Resentment of clerical privilege (anti-clericalism) and aspirations for freedom of religion, and resentment of aristocratic bishops by the poorer rural clergy.
Continued hatred for Catholic control and influence on institutions of all kinds, by the large Protestant minorities.
Aspirations for liberty and (especially as the Revolution progressed) republicanism.
Anger toward the King for firing Jacques Necker and A.R.J. Turgot (among other financial advisors), who were popularly seen as representatives of the people.[3]
Finally, perhaps above all, was the almost total failure of Louis XVI and his advisors to deal effectively with any of these problems.

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I personally wonder how long it is before people start getting shot over this crap.

I mean, seriously, how long are we supposed to sit back and take this crap without doing anything?
How long before politicians are pulled from their huge houses and beaten in the street?

How long before demonstrations turn into marches on the whitehouse?

How long before revolutionaries begin to strike at government establishments?

How long before the utterance of liberty is punishable by jail time?

How long before the president and his cabinet are forced to go into hiding?

How long before the people take the country back for the people?

How long?

We can only wait and see.

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