16 July 2012

The French Revolution: "In situations like this we are forced to confront once again Dostoyevsky's dictum: 'If there is no God, then everything is permitted.'"




This weekend marked the 223rd anniversary of the Fall of the Bastille, the event generally thought of as the beginning of the French Revolution. It is perhaps the blackest event of a half-century of black events for Western civilization.

As a counterpoint to the fireworks of celebration, I encourage you to read this essay originally published in Fidelity Magazine in 1989 by Eric von Kuehnelt-Leddihn. It just about says it all. The excerpt below is just the final three paragraphs:

One shouldn't forget that much of what may appear positive to us today - liberality, intellectuality, humanitarianism - had all been already brought to us by the liberal, courtly absolutism, while the French Revolution which used all these words in reality did nothing more than brutally extinguish them. One is reminded of the reaction of Caffinhals, who replied to the uproar created by the defenders of Lavoisier, who cried, "You are condemning a great learned man to death," by saying, "The Revolution has no need of learned men." The good man was right; since the French Revolution only quantities, ciphers and numbers, have any value. The speech of the elite is hardly tolerated anymore.

From an intellectual point of view, the French Revolution was a conglomeration of un-thought out but fanatically believed inconsistencies, but it showed clearly, as so many other revolutions have, the true character of the great majority of the Genus Humanum.

In the French Revolution the scum of France succumbed to blood lust and opened the door to evil. In our day of electronic stultification, it's a sure bet that now, 200 hundred years later, this monstrosity will be the focus of orgiastic celebrations. The average man always clings despairingly to cliches. If one takes them away from him, he has to do his own research, his own thinking and deciding and has to begin anew. One can't really expect this sort of elitist behavior from such poor folks. Those whom the gods would destroy, they first rob of their reason.




4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The 'scum of France' opening the 'door to evil'?

So, let me get this straight; before the French Revolution all's right with God's world. The Hundred Years War, the war of 'Divine Succession" in England, (War of the Roses), the Inquisition, and oh, yeah.... bringing by the sword, 'Christ's Church' to all those benighted natives in the New World. Interesting how Rome, not France, keeps peeping out from behind the curtain in these dramas that define Western Civilization.

Whoeeeee Timmy, you ARE the go-to guy for myopic hyperbole!

-cdg

thetimman said...

Cdg,

The hyperbole, as you label it, is the author's. I agree with the point of his essay and can digest hyperbole and other rhetorical devices in light of the whole.

Just as I can identify the hyperbole-- and mischaracterizations of certain historical events-- in your comment, and still derive enjoyment from that.

Anonymous said...

"...Just as I can identify the hyperbole-- and mischaracterizations of certain historical events-- in your comment, and still derive enjoyment from that." - Timmy


And the FROGS are the cause of all the world's miseries?

yeah, like THAT'S not a cultural 'misdirection'....




I LOVE this blogsite....

the irony....

the irony.

-cdg

StGuyFawkes said...

One legacy of 1789 is the use of murder as a tool of moral idealism. The French Revolution was the first time that mass murder was justified, not by an appeal to warrior pride, or tribal lust, but out of an appeal to reason. The whole bloody platform can be found in the Abbe Sieyes tract “What is the Third Estate?”
In this foundational document of the French Revolution Fr. Sieyes declares that the aristocracy have no rational social utility and may as well be a separate race or nation living among us -- unwanted immigrants as it were -- hypothetically descended from the Germans.
From there it is but a short walk from the “Oath of the Tennis Court” to Auswitz, the Siberian gulags and the killing fields of Cambodia.
It is fascinating that the “conquering tribe” theory of aristocratic origins was mentioned by Fr. Sieyes long before Count Gobineau used the fantasy to form a pseudo-scientific basis for modern racism.
The best treatment of the French Revolution as an outcome of rational atheism is still Albert Camus’ “The Rebel.”