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What are some of the recent examples of a violent large-scale redistribution of wealth?

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There is a bit of a difference betweenthe two revolutions. The French revolution did not touch the bourgeouisie or the peasantry. The Russian one wiped out both. –  Felix Goldberg Jan 13 '13 at 21:39
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False premise: "Both were aimed at eliminating a whole class of people, the aristocrats, and redistributing the wealth and power towards the poor." –  Samuel Russell Jan 14 '13 at 2:05
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Arguably, most of the poor didn't gain all that much wealth or power as a result of the revolution. –  DVK Jan 14 '13 at 11:47
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no revolution has ever actually intended to redistribute wealth to the poor, they want to redistribute wealth to a different select few. –  Ryathal Jan 14 '13 at 18:24
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@romkyns: you're going to have an uphill battle to argue that revolutions have intentionality in the manner that you did. –  Samuel Russell Jan 14 '13 at 19:29
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Let us first ask ourselves, what is the wealth that can be redistributed?

Violent redistributing of consumer goods is called "looting" and it has always accompanied civil unrest; I don't think you are asking about that.

Redistribution of capital, AKA, means of production, often, indeed, accompanies revolutions.

When applied to industrial enterprise this redistribution usually takes form of nationalization (which rarely is accompanied by giving away shares to the poor), so, again, it does not fit your question.

When applied to agricultural capital, this means Land reform, and it does usually mean that the poor peasants become land owners.

So, to answer your question, you need to examine recent revolutions and find out which ones were followed by a land reform.

E.g., the Romanian Revolution lead to a land reform, redistributing the land wealth from the government bureaucracy to the peasants.

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