Civil War


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Popular revolutions are popular on account of the wide support they receive from certain segments of society, not because they are the product of social consensus. On the contrary, popular revolutions are polarizing phenomena that fragment society by pitting different segments against each other, and break the state by overtaxing the capacity of its institutions. The ongoing mobilization of different segments soon paves the way to civil war tearing apart the very fabric holding the country together.

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Civil wars borne out of popular revolutions often metastasize into multiple conflicts over territory, spoils and influence, with political ideologies and parochial interests playing a major role in the situation. Alliances are formed and abandoned in an ad hoc manner, with the most cynical ones, that is, those formed by the most radical elements from opposing sides, proving to be the more lasting. Moderates become the common enemy and are soon eliminated.


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