Louis L'Amour: River's West (Paperback, 1981, Bantam Books) No rating

"Revolution, for whatever reason, is self-defeating, for violent revolution results in violent reaction. Oddly enough, the worst reaction usually comes from within the revolution itself, and the first casualty is the revolutionary. Look what has happened in France, for example. Those who created the revolution, those leaders of revolution, all were victims of it. And who reaped the benefit?-Napoleon. "Peaceful change is the healthiest change, but if you will look closely you will see what the so-called revolutionary who deals in violence wants is simply violence. He is unhappy with himself, believes himself incapable of coping with the situation as it is, so tries to disrupt it. He wants violence to relieve his own anger and pent-up hatred."

"But does he not claim to be acting for the people?" Mr. Choteau suggested. I shrugged. "The 'people' is an abstraction. It is one of those general terms that has no meaning in fact. For 'the people' is in reality many peoples, with many interests, many possibilities. It is always interesting to me that none of these persons who claim to act for the people have ever consulted the people themselves."

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I both agree and disagree with the noble protagonist; disenfranchisement is the root of revolution, but if you reject violence then those who don't will always win.

But this Talon isn't one to hesitate to use violence anyway, he's just trying to impress a lady 😏