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America: French Revolution Lessons

February 12, 2019

America: French Revolution Lessons.

I am posting an excellent authoritative review of conditions that preceded and unfolded during the historic French Revolution, starting in 1789 and ending in 1799. 

Most Americans have some awareness of the occurrence of this stunning and cataclysmic historic event. However, it is likely that very few understand the many social, economic, political, religious and cultural factors that were involved in this bloody implosion of France. 

I have read about the French Revolution in numerous places. But, never have I encountered the vivid cascade of historical details of the French Revolution in the way that author James Watkins has provided in his 2016 article on this topic.

James Watkins writes with an unflinchingly detailed style that almost drags the reader into the terrifying events of this human catastrophe. Yet, Watkins artistically writes in a way that does not sacrifice a rigorous scholarly treatment of the French Revolution. 

This article is an important work not because I believe America is poised to under-go a French-like Revolution.

It is important because many similar elements of decline are now increasingly apparent in our own socioculture. There are enough similarities to spark intelligent concern that our Founding Father’s America may not long endure.

Please give James Watkins’ article a thoughtful review and see what you think.

Take note of the economic problems that France faced at the time of its great revolution; corruption, widespread sexual licentiousness, sociopathic personalities of the revolutionaries and anarchists, atheism, persecution and murder of believers and clergy, and the spread of superstitious beliefs within the population.

See that a small cadre of leader’s gave many speeches to citizens that were designed to raise their emotional passions against “traitors”. Traitors were defined as, among other things; the rich, intellectuals, influential people and anyone who was identified as opposed to the revolution and its egalitarian/communist ideology. 

Finally, do not over-look that in the end, the revolution consumed itself with the murder of approximately 300,000 citizens; including many of its own revolutionary leaders.

https://owlcation.com/humanities/The-FRench-Revolution-Cause-and-Effect

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 2/12/19

A Second American Revolution? #2

August 21, 2017

A Second American Revolution? #II

I am not a true scholar of the French Revolution. However, I have read several authoritative accounts and believe that I am seeing at least some of the converging factors in that revolution, that we are now witnessing in America.

I cannot help but fear for the future of America if its current radical sociocultural conflicts and upheavals do not abate.

The French Revolution and its bloody Reign of Terror eventually resolved into the Napoleonic Era, a dictatorship, under Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.  

Perhaps you will see some similar classes of events that are now threatening the stability of  the most successful national revolution in world history: The American Revolution.

The French Revolution started in 1787 and ended late in the 1790’s. The following are at least some of the stressors afflicting France prior to and during the its great revolution.

  1. It was of time of economic crisis.
  2. There was great conflict between political, social, and economic ideals and ideas.
  3.  New ideas and ideals, in conflict with the prevailing culture, were spread by the educated and educators.
  4. The rich were threatened with a loss of power and prestige.
  5. The French participation in the American revolution nearly bankrupted France.
  6. The population was heavily taxed.
  7. France was the most populated country in Europe.
  8. The 1788 crop failure came at after a period of continues population restlessness. 
  9. There was a great cattle disease.
  10. The population was suffering financial hardship and many were hungry.
  11. The Monarchy was no longer viewed as God-Ordained and was ineffective at solving Frances many growing problems.
  12. On July 14, 1789, anti-monarchists launched an attack on the Bastille, a fortress and prison. There were close to 1000 assailants and 100 of them were killed. Only seven prisoners were liberated.

As you may know as the revolution unfolded, it included a Reign of Terror in which between 17,000 to 40,000 people died by Guillotine or in prisons. This included many of the leaders of the Revolution. On January 21, 1793 King Louis XVI was sent to the Guillotine.  His wife, Marie Antoinette, was Guillotined nine months later.

I invite the reader to compare the list of cultural stressors that were potentially catalytic to the French-Revolution, to the ones that are now severely stressing the United States of America. 

We cannot predict the future, but there is great reason for alarm and high alert.

It is essential that citizens vote for America’s Constitutional Ideals with great diligence, intelligence and patriotism.

America’s future has never been very secure and it is now in great jeopardy.  

For more information on the French Revolution and it’s Reign of Terror, take time to read the following.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/07/french-revolution-bastille-day-guide-jacobins-terror-bonaparte/

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 8/21/17


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