T here are many similarities between the causes of Arab Spring and the French Revolution. In both revolutions tiny minority of people ruled with an iron fist against a huge portion of commoners. In both cases the commoners, although they made up a huge percentage of the population, took decades and sometimes hundreds of years to realize that there was another way to live. There are many social political and economic reasons for revolution. Some of the biggest reasons for the start of the French Revolution and the Arab spring are the availability of information on how other people live and the dissatisfaction of youth. Political reasons for revolution in the Arab spring include corruption and absolute monarchies that ruled with complete authority and sometimes unimaginable brutality. Belabbe Benkredda. (2013). "Reclaiming Arab Public Sphere." The Nation . This article explains the politics in most Arab countries are fused with religion. Many Arab monarchs live a very different lifestyle than the people they rule over. Arab religious rulers and monarchs make up a tiny percentage of the population yet they control everything in their countries. The political process is so corrupt most don't even bother running for election but when they do people's votes do not really count the end result was decided before it even started. The difference between politics today in Arab nations and the French Revolution is the access of information available today. With the Internet and
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- Spring '17
- United Arab Emirates, Arab World, Comoros