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goobster · 1774 days ago · link · · parent · post: veen’s reviews #2: Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty
And the Cultural Revolution in China is what happens when you let go of the reins and let the proles have too much power... eventually they come for YOU, too.
Richard Pipes pointed out that the Bolshevik revolution was pretty much a small cabal of intellectuals channeling the discontent of the proletariat into replacing the monarchy with... a small cabal of intellectuals. And then the proletariat got rid of them, too because fuckin'A it's not like they were royalty or anything.