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Similarities between 2021 America and pre-Revolution France

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arch warmonger:
The origins of the French Revolution can often be lost among all the glorification and vilification of that same revolution. Most people seem to forget that the Revolution began as a rift in the ruling elite that originated from a massive government debt crisis. Long story short, after the Franco-English war of 1778, France was in massive debt and could not pay off the debt without a new tax. The French aristocracy had all the money because that's what the system was designed to do, but was unwilling to submit to a tax without documentation being provided by the king, which were not provided because of the secretive, haphazard manner in which the French monarchy traditionally managed its finances.

I see a similar setup occurring in the USA. You have massive government debt, you have wealth being monopolized by corporations and a professional class who do everything they can to avoid paying taxes, and you have a military industrial complex that routinely loses track of tens of billions if not trillions of dollars at a time and was never audited until 2018, an audit that it of course failed.

I don't know if the US will turn out the same way, with massive social unrest dissolving every institution save the military, but I don't see the current system lasting more than 10-15 years into the future.

aitm:
Not a history professor but I think we’re closer to 1940 Germany.

Shiranu:

--- Quote from: aitm on May 03, 2021, 09:04:03 PM ---Not a history professor but I think we’re closer to 1940 Germany.

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Eh I would say 1920's Italy, but pick your poison, it doesn't matter anyways.

drunkenshoe:

--- Quote from: aitm on May 03, 2021, 09:04:03 PM ---Not a history professor but I think we’re closer to 1940 Germany.

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Dad? Perfect disguise. How have you been?

drunkenshoe:
Come on guys...that's my line. You wouldn't be able to post any of the common comments, if it was even close to those examples.

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