The French Revolution had two things in common with America today. One, there was a resentment toward the wealthy and two; at the time there were tremendous changes and discoveries in science and technology. By 1789 the peasants had been miserable for ages and there was a lot of jealousy over the upper classes and their privileged lifestyle. French Philosophers fanned those flames. Historians say the French Revolution was expected because discontent was brewing for ages and there were advancements in science and technology that some French leaders were unwilling to embrace. "The Republic has no need of scientists," the vice president of the revolutionary court is quoted with saying.
America is moving swiftly into an era of new science and technology, leaving many traditional industries obsolete. It may seem like it has happened overnight but cutting-edge discoveries have been anticipated for a long time. Personally I've been enjoying the new technologies but not all of them. I don't appreciate strange scientific manipulations of nature. I hope American scientists and inventors take the time to slow down and think not about their own financial gain but about what's good for humanity.
Suellen Ocean is the author of The Celtic Prince and The Lies of the Lion available at Amazon, B&N and Ocean-Hose. http://www.pacificsites.com/~oceanhose/