Goddess of Reason?
Must admit, for a Francophile, I completely missed Bastille Day so here’s better late than never. Thankfully, Twilight remembered it and has done a long and complex post on it.
Poor French people. As if they hadn’t had enough, they were now beset by murderous thugs like Robespierre, whom Twilight quotes in her sidebar and of course there was the seating of the prostitute on the altar at Notre Dame, along with countless other examples of disrespect and inhumanity. The killing of all those people in the river, for example.
As the antecedents of the revolutionary leaders were so unsavoury, as Churchill pointed out:
From the days of Spartacus-Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, to those of Trotsky, Bela Kun, Rosa Luxembourg, and Emma Goldman, this world wide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence and impossible equality, has been steadily growing.
It played a definitely recognizable role in the tragedy of the French Revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the nineteenth century, and now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads, and have become practically the undisputed masters of that enormous empire.
… then it was small wonder that hell on earth was created for and awaiting a people who thought their leaders were going to lead them to nirvana. Nope, the French revolutionary leaders were playing for the other side, as the people were soon to find out.
Great time to live, with these savages in charge
There is only one Redeemer and it ain’t Robespierre or the whore on the altar. But of course no one wants to know that. It’s not part of the Narrative.
But at least Robespierre stood or fell by his own actions, instead of hiding away scribbling like Voltaire, then sitting back chuckling as the people rushed headlong into the vicelike grip of the Directorate and of course, like the real crims, the big ones, he got away with it and some still count him a hero. Ho hum.
I mean really – any organization styling itself The Directorate is going to be a bloody group before too long. And of course, far worse was to come – the hijacking of the Enlightenment by these very same forces. Witness what we have today and there it is.
Even today, there are those who say: “But it was glorious – the people threw off their rulers, their oppressors and showed what’s what.”
No they didn’t. They threw off one lot and invited in another lot twice as bad. The game’s sewn up, people.
Vive la France, pas l’effusion du sang!