Saturday, July 31, 2010

Quote of the Month

Writes Prof. Kevin R. C. Gutzman over at Taki's Magazine:

What does Bastille Day represent? Ultimately, it represents the elevation to power of the classic man on horseback, a representative in his tastes, aspirations, and (Emerson again) “intellect without conscience” of the democracy. It represents ideology as license. Napoleon took what he wanted in power, things, people … everything. For him, fame was virtue. This was the principle of the French Revolution writ large, of the new class whose ascendancy was aborning, in France and elsewhere.

What is there to celebrate in that?

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