My Revolutions is based on several different themes. The need is a key focus and epitomized through the protagonist, Michael Frame (and his earlier identity, Chris Carver). Although his life changes drastically from his earlier self as a protester and terrorist to a middle-aged hippie househusband, Michael/Chris needs to belong. He joins one group after another, trying to fit in. When he is arrested and no one comes to visit him or to greet him when he gets out, he feels a terrible sense of neglect. He also falls easily in love with the women around him, needing them to want him. It is through this need that the author demonstrates one way that terrorist groups are formed. Followers of one or two people who are stronger than they will do just about anything their leaders tell them to do, regardless of whether they truly understand what is being asked. This is also true, the novel points out, with the general public that pays taxes and otherwise walks the straight line as the government dictates. They seldom question what they are told to do. They merely accept their lives, even if they are miserable. As Michael, the narrator cannot bring himself to tell Sam and Miranda about his past life because he is afraid they will reject him. Michael needs to belong to them. They are all he has.
There is also the theme of power. Who has it? What are they doing with it? How do they get it? Is power in the individual? Or is it in the group? Is power in the word or in the weaponry? There is also a discussion of political power and how it corrupts as well as how it is manipulated and coerced. Miles has power over Michael because he knows of Michael’s past, but the person who pays Miles has power over him. Anna had power in the group that Michael was in. She sometimes used her body to maintain that power, but more often she demonstrated her power because she lived her philosophy; she did not just talk about it. People admired her for this and that was the source of her power.
Loyalty is another theme that winds through this story. Michael is caught in a dilemma because he does not know if he should be loyal to his friends or to his sense of morality. He does not believe in murder, but to stop the murder he must be disloyal to his friends.