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Explain if you think another revolution could happen in the United States.

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stevenbawi103 | Student, College Sophomore | eNoter

Posted June 21, 2012 at 6:01 AM via web

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Explain if you think another revolution could happen in the United States.

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akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 21, 2012 at 6:56 AM (Answer #1)

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I think that it is difficult to envision something on the level of colonial resistance to grab a hold of the nation and spark another revolution on that scale.  In surveying the terrain at this time, I think that if there is some level where radical change could be seen, it would be in the issue of income and wealth disparity in the United States right now.  I don't think that there has been a time where so much wealth is matched by so much economic marginalization.  The extremes are driving at where America is right now.  If there was to be some type of massive outcry for change that strikes at the level at which one saw during the American Revolution, it would have to be in the resonant cries of the "We Are the 99%" chords seen in the Occupy Wall Street Movement.  I am not suggesting that the Occupy Wall Street movement is where the next revolution lies.  I am not sure that the level of focus is as strong as to initiate the level of change as was seen in the times of the Colonists and the British.  The "enemy" is not as evident and not as demonstrative.  At the same time, I would suggest that American democracy has proven to be fairly pliable and fluid, able to appropriate calls for social change and revolution within its fabric.  Yet, I would suggest that if one were to look for where there is a call for change with some resonant level of the passion and zeal as was seen, it would have to be in the issue of wealth disparity and the need to feel economically and politically active in a system that fails to adequately reward those who comprise the middle and lower classes of Americans.

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