Democracy and Revolution

  • George J. Kovtun


These studies might well be entitled ‘The Russian Revolution’, for since the days of Peter, Russia has been in a chronic condition of revolution, and the problem of the revolution is one of the leading interests of all philosophers of history and statesmen in Russia. We may indeed say that the problem of revolution is preeminently the problem of Russia.


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    Friedrich Julius Stahl, Was ist die Revolution?, Berlin, 1852.Google Scholar
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    ‘A revolution may perhaps lead to a decline in personal despotism and in oppression based upon desire for gain or love of power, but can never bring about a true reform in the realm of thought. The unthinking masses will speedily succumb to the sway of new prejudices.’ Kant is here referring merely to the effects of a transient revolt, and his remarks do not apply to the great revolution and its sequels.Google Scholar
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    We recall Metternich’s saying: ‘The sacred middle line upon which truth stands is accessible to but a few.’Google Scholar
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    The radical lust for revolution is conspicuous in the life of Blanqui, and has given its peculiar connotation to the term Blanquism. Born in 1805, he died in 1881, when seventy-six years of age. Between 1827 and 1870, a period of forty-three years, he took part in thirteen risings, was condemned to death several times, and spent thirty-seven years in prison, although he was pardoned more than once.Google Scholar

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