Skip to comments.Why Robespierre Chose Terror - The lessons of the first totalitarian revolution
Posted on 04/17/2006 5:51:06 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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Loved "humanity" but hated people. How typical of all these totalitarian types.
The roots of the V Republic in the Terror explain much of what is happening in France today. Mob rule.
So many innocent people were slaughtered under Robespierre. It is said that the guillotine in the Place de Revolution, now la Place de la Concorde in central Paris ran 24/7 for almost a year.
Our great American hero, Lafayette, lost his entire family to the terror. His in-laws in their 80's were marched to the guillotine and executed in the name of Liberté,Egalité,Fraternité.
I have been having a really hard time relearning it.
Excellent point. Never forget that one of the main credos of the French Revolution was anti- church. Atheist,anti-Christian,anti-church.
Churches were sacked and pillaged, clerics tortured and executed. What a wonderful world they created.
The Act of Choosing a "Side"
"Plus ça change, plus ça reste la meme chose"
The more things change, the more they remain the same.
Ok..everyone knows it but me. I hang my head in humiliation..hehehe. It is so true.
Bon chance, with your attempt to learn/relearn it.
Gads..High school? I've been trying to learn it on my own. For some reason I have a unexplainable block. Guess I had better get a tutor. Are you available? LOL :)
I really would HATE to tell you just how long it's been, since I was in high school. LOL
Learning any language, after a certain age, is extremely difficult. Our brains are set up to learn any and all languages, easily, up to around 16. After that, it gets harder and harder and harder.
Have you tried records/tapes?
Did you take any languages in high school and college?
Now I have new friends in France who would like for me to learn French. They are very pro-American people who are interested in moving to the US.
I'm using tapes but it doesn't seem to be helping. I really don't want to take a class at this late stage but it looks like I might have to.
Thanks for the input.
'Nuff said. Sums it up for me. It's a lot like what's going right here, right now, without the massive bloodshed.
Pinged myself for further read.
All I have to say is that Thomas Jefferson was a big admirer of the French Revolution, but Alexander Hamilton saw it for what it was.
My family suffered terribly in the French Revolution, and one of our family members, a noble bishop in Lorraine was guillotined for his faith. My French grandmother's family descends from French nobility dating back to the time of Charlemagne.
I hate the French Republic with all my heart. Vive le Roi!!!
I just wish I could have a nice French royalist demonstration outside the French embassy just to tick off those arrogant French Republicans. How about Bastille Day?
Here is the true flag of France: http://www.flagline.com/id01140127
St. Louis IX pray for us. Remember the Martyrs of the Vendee at the hands of the (French) Republican butchers.
But although all those severed heads make it hard for the left to justify Robbespierre too well, they never tire of mentioning Rousseau, who undoubtedly would have been up to his elbows in blood right alongside his disciple had he been born a few decades later. The ideological content and temperamental disposition of both men -- if not, in Robbespierre's case, the man himself -- are still passionately defended on the left.
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