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There are many similarities between the causes of Arab spring and the French Revolution. In both revolutions tiny majority of people ruled with an iron fist against a huge portion of commeners. In both cases the commoners although they made up a huge percentage of the population took decades and sometimes hundreds of years to realize that there was another way to live. There are many social political and economic reasons for revolution but the availability of information on how other people live in the dissatisfaction of youth made everything snowball into a revolution.
Political reasons for revolution in the Arab spring include corruption and absolute monarchies that role with complete authority and sometimes unimaginable brutality. The politics and most Arab countries are fooled with religion and monarchs who live a very different lifestyle than the people they will over even though they make up a tiny percentage of the population they control everything in their countries. The political process is so corrupt most don't even bother running for election but when they do people's votes don't really count the end result was done before it even started. The difference between politics and Arab nations and the French Revolution is the access of information today. With the Internet and television is difficult to live and avoid of information. Live broadcasts can be seen by millions of people instantly and during the French Revolution other people had speeches pamphlets newspapers and books at their disposal it was not as instant as the information provided today with technology. In France Louis XVI wielded absolute power in the clergy and nobility barely gave peasants enough to survive:. In Arab nations there is also this incredible disparity of power between the governments in charge and the people that they covered over. The people in Arab nations have almost no say in how their daily lives are run.
Economic reasons for the Arab spring and the French Revolution have some similarities as well. During the French Revolution inflation was so rampant that people literally could not afford to eat bread. Yet the Kings and nobles lived in incredible opulence of maturity that peasants couldn't even understand. As people become better educated in the Arab world there is a growing number of use with college degrees but find that they have zero opportunities to better themselves no matter how hard they work. In some countries there is a 60% unemployment rate for educated young man. And there is almost 0 opportunities for women and Arab worlds. During the French Revolution as peasants moved into cities and became merchants they found as hard as they worked they could never better themselves because taxation and inflation or so I they could never get ahead. Once the peasants of France and the educated youth of their world found out the opulent lifestyle of the leaders of their countries they rose up because of the incredible quality of it all.
The social reasons for the Arab spring and the French Revolution are also similar. Information being the key. Information during French times included speaking in public squares, pamphlets, newspapers, books sometimes with great passion from famous philosophers sometimes by common people would simply had enough and saw better way to live elsewhere. In the Arab spring social media has changed everything. Leaders find it impossible to fire against unarmed protesters in Egypt because the entire world is watching the alive CNN broadcasts. When the Egyptian authorities do fire upon the unarmed protesters the world watches and condemns him instantly. The Internet has changed how we receive information today. Nothing can be said Secret very long. The use, who number 60% unemployed, have nothing better to do than protest and demonstrate it's not as if they have a job to go to. Once the word gets out that one country is having luck with these nonviolent demonstrations and they can see on the television screen on their computers on their smart phones that no one is being arrested no one is being harmed in the street known as being shot at that the government has a most zero control over it it spreads to other countries where more overeducated underutilize angry youth take to the streets asking for changes. In France once the word got out that Kings live like well Kings people who could not afford a loaf of bread to feed their child who is literally been starving for weeks realized that they numbered 98% maybe for the first time. It's easy to be starving and sad if you assume the whole rest of the world is starting inside as well when you realize the incredible extravagance that the Kings and abilities lived in through information and pamphlets and word-of-mouth it gets you angry. Angry hungry hopeless people are frightening because they literally have nothing to lose.
Conclusions you can draw about the nature of political revolution. Political revolutions are fast you're asking for centuries of tradition to be changed instantly and that's asking a lot. History is generally slow to change because people get comfortable and they get used to their condition whatever it may be. Radical revolutions asked and sometimes demand instant change and so far it has not happened without significant bloodshed. There is a complex mix of social economic and political issues that start a revolution. If there was only one issue like social injustice or prices being too high perhaps the leaders could have stayed in power but when you mix crushing political regimes, and economy that is not solvent and going broke quickly, and the social information available it Tahiti mix with no easy answers. Sometimes people are simply hopeless and they see a change of political structure as a solution to these problems. We have a democracy in the United States and many people will argue that the gap between poverty and the wealthy is so great that even with a democracy things are still bad. Treating people fairly and with the quality may only come in some countries through a bloody revolution. The monarchs of both France and in Arab nations live in opulence while thousands strive to survive another day with disparities like these revolution is inevitable.