Political revolution

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A political revolution is a revolution achieved by political rather than violent means. In Trotskyist theory, it denotes an upheaval in which government is replaced or altered leaving property relations predominantly intact. The revolutions in France in 1830 and 1848 are often cited as political revolutions.


  • If this avenue [of periodic political revolution] be shut to the call of sufferance, it will make itself heard through that of force, and we shall go on, as other nations are doing, in the endless circle of oppression, rebellion, reformation.
    • Thomas Jefferson, quoted in The American Revolution of 1800: How Thomas Jefferson Rescued Democracy from Tyranny and Faction—And What This Means Today by Dan Sisson and Thom Hartmann (2014), p. 215
  • They called it the Reagan revolution. Well, I'll accept that, but for me it always seemed more like the great rediscovery, a rediscovery of our values and our common sense.

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