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Edmund Burke

2011-07-14

Bastille Day: A Day of Infamy That Should Set Off Alarms Bells Over the Arab Spring

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The Storming of Bastille in July 1789, marking the end of the French Revolution.
Today the Fifth Republic of France celebrates Bastille Day.  There should be lessons learned from the storming of the Bastille and the subsequent Reign of Terror it unleashed in France when looking at the so-called Arab Spring that is currently unfolding before the eyes of the world. At the time the French Revolution was unfolding, many contemporary thinkers in the Age of Enlightenment looked at the revolution sweeping France in as a positive development toward human development and a free society. One such thinker was even one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Thomas Jefferson


The most prominent opponent to the French Revolutionaries was Edmund Burke, the Father of Conservatism in the Anglosphere, who warned other countries of the danger with which the idea of freedom can easily lapse into the reality of barbarism in his Reflections on the Revolution in France. An article written by Professor Joseph Loconte entitled, Burke's Warning, succinctly lays out the case that Edmund Burke was warning against revolutions with a euphoric embrace of freedom without the sombre understanding of the Fall of Man. Here is an excerpt: 

Like the revolution unfolding on the streets of Cairo, the French version was steeped in   the language of "justice", "freedom", and "the rights of man". As in Egypt, an ageing and despotic monarch was toppled by a popular rebellion in which the military chose not to intervene. Among the French revolutionaries were the Jacobins, ideological zealots whose radicalism was not fully appreciated. Like Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, they were a minority party but they were better organised and disciplined than their competitors. 

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Burke's Warning