Oh Say Can You See, `The Revolutionary Psychology

Wichman, Harvey
September 1976
Humboldt Journal of Social Relations;1976, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p6
Academic Journal
This article analyses some of the social-psychological factors that might help account for revolutions. The cost of colonial administration has increased by a factor of five and now costs nearly three quarters of a million dollars annually. Meanwhile the colonies are becoming rich by leaps and bounds. Therefore, the long-term proposal is to increase the crown's share of the wealth by having Parliament levy several different taxes in the colonies, developing trade regulations so that only British products will be sold in the colonies and all colonial exports will either come directly to England or at least pass through the hands of English merchants, and arranging deals for new lands in such a way that the mother government will profit from the transactions. Roughly, that is the plan. The more cohesive a group becomes, the greater the social pressure that is brought to bear on deviates in an effort to make them conform. In this case the deviates would be those loyal to the crown. As deviancy becomes more salient the lines between in-group members and out-group members become more sharply delineated and the loyalists will have less and less impact on newly developing group norms, thus furthering the acceleration cohesion.


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