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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Bastille Day

For John, BLUFRevolutions are very bloody and inefficient ways of settling differences over how an imperfect government will govern the People, who should be sovereign.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Quartz, by Mr Oliver Staley, edited by Jessanne Collins, and produced by Luiz Romero, 13 July 2018.

The article has a jumble of facts that flow from the French Revolution, some edifying and some not.

For instance:

  • 16,594: Death sentences given to counter-revolutionaries during the Reign of Terror of 1793-94.
  • Plus, up to 250,000 insurgents and 200,000 republicans met their deaths in the Vendée, a war which lasted from 1793-96.
  • Plus, the millions who died in the Napoleonic Wars.
While a lot of people have a romantic vision of the French Revolution, it was a very bloody affair and resulted in a number of different Empires, Monarchies and Republics since.  Today we are on the Fifth Republic.

Regards  —  Cliff

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