I start my case studies with the application of the theoretical framework to an ideology held dear by many across the world: democracy. Democracy emerged from the violent struggle against the ideology of conservative monarchism. The ideas that led to revolution in the United States and France sought to replace one form of political belief for another. The belief of monarchism, which consolidated power in one man, sparked fear and frustration that necessitated revolution by those most victimized. The idea that one man is the God-given ruler over his fellow man was rejected outright. Conflict resulted when some accepted monarchism as truth while others sought to replace it. Socioeconomic conditions would spark dissatisfaction amongst the masses with this system of rule (Sewell 1994). Whether this was true or not is quite irrelevant. The ideas of liberty and equality, the notion that all men (and later women) were brothers in equality, none higher or more worthy than another, got people to act; and act violently. Many risked death and died for these ideals.
KeywordsPolitical Discourse French Revolution Political Idea American Revolution American Coloni
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