Three pieces of evidence
pholland14 | (Level 1) Associate Educator Posted on September 28, 2016 at 2:56 PM
First, the American Revolution was just one in a series of costly wars for France which ultimately bankrupted the country and toppled the Bourbon dynasty there. The American Revolution also affected Spain and the Netherlands in the sense that war profiteers benefited from the Revolution. The American Revolution inspired other revolutions in Haiti and France where the people sought to rise above their oppressors. In the 1840s Europeans sought liberal reforms based on the ideals of the American Revolution--this revolution inspired the idea that government of the people was ideal. The American Revolution has also been used with America's enemies. Castro in Cuba cited it as well as Ho Chi Minh in North Vietnam. Emilio Aguinaldo cited it extensively in the Philippine insurrection. The American Revolution continues to inspire oppressed people even today.
Ousmane Aly Diallo, works at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Written Dec 29, 2015
During the first session of the National Assembly in 1789 which was itself a challenge against royal power by the third estate, those who wanted radical changes to the Ancient Regime sat on the left of the president while those who were more conservative and did not want to infringe on the prerogatives of the King and the Church stood to his right. The debate was on how much power will be held by the King in the future constitution. The French Revolution saw itself and was seen by other European monarchies as a challenge to the international order. Many coalitions will be formed under the leadership of the Holy Roman Empire and Britain to smash the Revolution and restore the Bourbon on the throne. A sense of French national identity was even more shaped by these events. To face the onslaught of the other European armies, the revolutionary government introduced massive national conscription to man the armies, a policy that would contribute even more to the formation of a French identity, based on politics, values rather than ethnicity and not limited to elite affinity. Under Robespierre's helm, Terror was used as a governmental policy to discourage any attempt at restoring the Ancient Regime by French citizens. It came soon to be used to get rid of one's enemies by members of the Public Safety Committee. Many revolutionary leaders would be shaved by the "National Razor" as the guillotine was nicknamed in some of the newspapers. Robespierre, Danton, Saint-Just would all have a clean nice shave thanks to their enemies. Terror was also used by zealous revolutionary commissars to dissuade or intimidate inhabitants of regions where there were royalist activities. People were drowned at Nantes and machine-gunned at Lyons after royalist plots.
David Rey Cuba 15 July 2002
The Cuban Revolution of 1959 is one of the most significant events of the last 50 years. The elimination of capitalism and landlord ism and the introduction of a nationalized, planned economy allowed colossal advances to be made. But the disappearance of the USSR has had catastrophic consequences for the Cuban economy. David Rey looks at the current perspectives and the tasks of revolutionaries. Translated from La revolución cubana en la encrucijada de David Rey The Cuban Revolution of 1959 is one of the most significant events of the last 50 years. Cuba has been a beacon of struggle and resistance against American imperialism for millions of workers, poor peasants and youth of Latin America and the rest of the world. The Cuban Revolution forged leaders of the stature of Che Guevara, martyr and revolutionary, heritage of the oppressed of the world. His image and fighting spirit have been justly transformed into a raised banner for millions of revolutionaries all over the world. The elimination of capitalism and landlord ism and the introduction of a nationalized, planned economy has allowed colossal advances to be made in Cuban society - in areas such as health, education, culture, childcare and an improvement in the situation of women - despite the enormous difficulties, the lack of resources and the economic blockade imposed on Cuba by American imperialism for over 40 years. It is a duty for all Marxists and conscious workers to unconditionally defend the conquests of the revolution and oppose by all means any attempt by imperialism to undermine the planned economy and reestablish capitalism in Cuba. Furthermore, given the undeniable sympathies that the Cuban revolution has arisen in millions of workers and youth all around the world, its defeat would give the bourgeoisie a formidable ideological and propaganda weapon - to show the workers once more that there is no alternative to capitalism - which would undoubtedly have an effect on the consciousness of the masses.