(The following is a thought experiment, without pretension to discovering an absolute truth or principle. I’m open to discussing the topic in the comments below.)
Revolution may be a good deed, but it is a bad habit. (G.K. Chesterton)
Assumption to be tested: what if all revolutions try to rush events that are going to happen anyway, while at the same time having corrupt agendas and generating collateral damage along the way?
I’ll start with the revolution that is best known to me - April 7th in Chișinău, Moldova. A “revolution” that did not have the most favorable outcome.
Just think - if the elections on April 5th were unfair, why did the next elections yield almost the same percentage of votes for the former ruling party?
With the revolution or without it, the opposition political forces had to win elections, not buildings, to be able to change something in the country.
Once again is proven a point that has become cliche - the change has to happen in people’s minds, not in the government.
April 7th did not change the balance of power - the people voted for the former ruling party again in a couple of months, when the elections were organized by (supposedly) the good guys.
Now I’m thinking about what is happening in Ukraine. If the current president came to power while his political opponents were in authority - the elections were supposed to be fair - how can a mob, no matter how big and insistent it may be, dismiss the proverbial “will of the people”? At the time of the election, those that came to power were representatives of the people.
Someone might say - the people’s mind has changed, they don’t want this party anymore. Then why go on the streets? It will take at most one more election “refresh” until they go away.
I may be missing a big chunk of facts and approaches here - I’m almost sure that I am. But what if all mob revolutions are flawed to the core?
Remember the 19th century? The French Revolution was not as noble as it claimed to be. Neither was the American Revolution, also called the Civil War. Next, the Russian Revolution was even more maleficent.
Come back to the 21st century, observe the Arab Spring. How much good can come from a revolution in which muslim extremists overtake a dictatorship, while striving to install Sharia law?
Rebellions and crowd revolutions do not seem to bear good fruit in themselves. Maybe that’s why the protestants chose Reformation instead?