No wonder that revolutions are so long in the making before they actually burst out, officially, on a given day. The assumption of right usually takes the form not of total novelty, as with the student slogans of the 1960s, but of an appeal to “history” itself. A lasting revolution is always more assertive of the traditional rights it claims to establish that of the wrongs that may have set it in motion. Its moral claim is to direct the future after the “wrongs” have been eliminated.
- Alfred Kazin, “Every Man His Own Revolution”