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CHAT: Bastille day [was Re: Le Jour de la Prise de la Bastille]

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Thursday, July 15, 2004, 15:35
From:    Tristan Mc Leay <kesuari@...>
> Mark J. Reed wrote: > > Joyeaux jour férié! > > > > -Jean-Marc (le nom utilisé pour Marcos en la classe de français) > > Bastille Day > > Very(??) joyous day.
I've always wondered whether the celebration of Bastille day is a true reflection of the difference in political cultures between France and the English speaking world, or simply ignorance of the events it represents. For me, Bastille Day represents the death of the Moderate Enlightenment, because after that point the drive for genuinely needed reforms of the revolution to abolish absolutism and replace it with a moderate-to-progressive constitutional regime were quickly brushed aside. It symbolically replaced the skepticism of human nature with the Rouseauian idealism, in which violence used to murder of tens of thousands of people was licit as long as the ultimate utopian ideals were being advanced... I just don't get it. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637


Philippe Caquant <herodote92@...>
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