Author Of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Says Violent Revolution Inevitable In U.S.
The United States will face its own “French Revolution” without significant changes to the current political system, author Margaret Atwood warned in 2018.
- According to The Independent, the 80-year-old writer of the dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale pointed to numerous factors contributing to inequality in the U.S., warning that left unchecked, such inequality would lead to an event similar to the revolution in 18th century France that saw the ousting of the ruling class.
- Speaking at Equality Now’s Make Equality Reality Gala in Los Angeles, Atwood said, “There are other factors in this country that make for quite a lot of inequality, so let’s talk about the healthcare system, let’s talk about incarceration policies and let’s talk about the big split between very, very rich people and everybody else.”
- The author continued:
“So the dangers in this country have to do with not just gender inequality but also class and race and wealth. So you cannot go on indefinitely having lawmakers write and enact laws that make them richer.
“You just can’t go on with this forever, you’re going to get the French Revolution if you go on with that too long.”
- Atwood suggested that achieving equality and overcoming problems would be made possible by ensuring more young people vote.
She said: “There’re so many interconnected problems and some of them have to do with attempts to disenfranchise voters.
“Make it so they can’t vote, and some of it has to do with the spreading of fake news. You know all these things. It’s all very much known. Part of this has to do with women, but only part of it.”