Do the French have a monopoly on student-led revolutions? No, but the land of Marie Antoinette, the riots of 1968, and the unrest of 2005 seems to give us a hint as to the actualite' of "revolution". The "revolution" eats its own.
And I put "revolution" in quotes because it's almost never real revolution that results, but merely the appearance of it. (For a real revolution, see: Revolution, American.)
And so I've become quite cynical about student-led protests in all its forms. Sometimes it works, but more often, it doesn't.
Those who go to college are, in most respects, the privileged of the world. They seek "change", only to revert to a classic middle-class existence whenever it's convenient. Mumsy and Daddy will pay the bills when "revolutionism" becomes tiresome.
And so, the Beatles' "Revolution" comes to pass. So you say you want a revolution. What is that, exactly?
The more I think about it, the more I pity the protests of privilege in the 1960's. But what of those last year?
Stay tuned, folks. There is change, even though more often, plus ca change, plus ca meme chose.
Given the choice between so-called "revolution" and evolutionary redress for the pains of those who suffer, is there really a choice?
[Edited 2006-01-05 12:46:56]