> [[Arendt]] believed that the leaders of the American Revolution were true "actors" (in the Arendtian sense), and that their Constitution created "publics" that were conducive to action. The leaders of the French Revolution, on the other hand, were too focused on subsistence (what Arendt called their "demands for bread"), as opposed to "action."
> For a [[revolution]] to be truly successful, it must allow for—if not demand—that these [[publics]] be created. The leaders of the American Revolution created "a public" and acted within that space; their names will be remembered. The leaders of the French Revolution got their bread; their names have been forgotten.
My history isn't strong enough to contend with the quote much but I don't like the framing of 'names' living on as the measure of success... Perhaps they mean it as a proxy for the success of a revolution in general? But e.g. I think plenty of *ideas* lived on from the French Revolution.
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