The apparent failure of the Egyptian Revolution makes me wonder how feasible it is to transform a dictatorship into a government that provides more freedom for its citizens in a short period of time. Most revolutions in authoritarian nations have merely resulted in a new type of authoritarianism. Why is this so?
There have only been a handful of “successful revolutions”, with the American Revolution normally being near the top of the list. But why did the American Revolution succeed, where others failed?
The answer is actually simpler than one might think. The American Revolution succeeded because most of the protections and freedoms that Americans demanded, were already won and/or expected in the English system of governance. Moreover, the realities of the American frontier tended to naturally create more freedom from centralized governmental power. As a result, by 1776, American colonists already had considerably greater freedom than their English counterparts.