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Volume 16 No. 8 • September 2013

Corruption and the Cause of Revolutions

We highly recommend Alexis de Tocqueville’s The Old Regime and the French Revolution (Anchor Books, 1955§) for understanding how corruption in governments is a major forerunner of revolution. It starts with the loss of legitimacy fostered by corruption. Remarkably, the Chinese communist party, concerned about rapidly spreading government corruption in China and the possibility of a revolution as a result of it, is now recommending this Tocqueville book and even giving out copies to major party officials to attempt to warn of the consequences of increasing government corruption.

§ This is not the same book as Tocqueville’s Democracy in America.

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