Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Economic Development and Democracy

Marx believed that the proletariat was a revolutionary force because it had nothing to lose but its chains and could win the whole world. But Tocqueville, analyzing the reasons why the lower strata in America supported the system, paraphrased and transposed Marx before Marx ever made his analysis by pointing out that "only those who have nothing to lose ever revolt."

"Economic Development and Democracy," Seymour Martin Lipset
Political Man: The Bases of Politics, 1960

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