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DELVING INTO THE causes of the French Revolution, de Tocqueville famously noted that regimes overthrown in revolutions tend to be less repressive than the ones preceding them. Why? Because, de Tocqueville surmised, though people "may suffer less," their "sensibility is exacerbated."
As usual, Tocqueville was onto something hugely important. From the Founding Fathers to the Jacobins and Bolsheviks, revolutionaries have fought under essentially the same banner: advancement of human dignity.

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/06/20/everything_you_think_you_know_about_the_collapse_of_the_soviet_union_is_wrong?page=0,4

Не мог понять, что говорит автор. Догадался, что он пропускает куски истории и не дифференцирует разные этапы революций. Если посмотреть на революцию как единый процесс, то едва ли можно согласиться с восторгами автора от революционных установок на защиту человеческого достоинства.

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