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Rationale for "revolution"
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2020
Here is a rather dry collection of speeches by Thomas Sankara explaining the rationale for the "revolutionary" coup d'etat that put Tom Sank in power. This nationalist military officer had a definite modernizing and progressive program, but it never broke through the bounds of world capitalism. Nor was there any kind of popular revolutionary uprising involved in the creation of the "Democratic and Popular Revolution". Sankara's regime was created from the top down, and that is also the way it ended. The same Blaise Compaoré who put Sankara in power took his life three years later. Compaoré was finally forced out of power by an uprising in 2014, though it left the structures of the state in place showing how far things will actually have to go to make a real and lasting change.