It is hardly a question of either the "right" or "left" hijacking someone else's revolution. Looking at the variety of models from works such as Crane Brinton's classic The Anatomy of Revolution or Hanna Arendt's On Revolution, we can see that too much depends on initial questions.
In other words, it depends on the issues being debated, and on who's in charge to be overthrown.
The Nazi Revolution or Franco's fascist state were every bit as revolutionary as the Russian or French models, by measuring social class upheavals and other quantifiable data.
There are other markers, such as that complete revolutions like the Russian 1917, French 1789, or Nazi always redraw the provinces and subsdidiary geographic units.
Complete revolutions also come approximately 270 years apart, and can easily be followed by several semi-revolution overthrows, as in Mexico or France.
The most advanced work on the subject is in "Politicometrics" on the web.
John D. Froelich
Upper Darby , PA
Mar 2 2009 - 3:16am