“New World” Revolutionaries Purging History —-and Time Itself.
… and philosophy, religion and ethics, “science”. The French Revolution has in fact never ended.
Today the new Jacobins are obviously purging marriage itself, and, in process, working for the sexual “liberation” of children…(all the better for oligarchs to get their mitts on them).
Back to the Garden: The French Revolution sought to begin history again, make a clean sweep of it and objective historical memory. And so Year 0NE (nought) of the New World was declared with New Time, ratified in blood which has not ceased to flow against resisters around the world. This was all justified as Enlightenment.
“The French Revolutionary Calendar (or Republican Calendar) was officially adopted in France on October 24, 1793 … It was used again briefly during and under the Paris Commune in 1871. The French also established a new clock, in which the day was divided in ten hours of a hundred minutes of a hundred seconds – exactly 100,000 seconds per day.
“The calendar was adopted more than one year after the advent of the First Republic (there was no year 1), after a long debate involving the mathematicians Romme and Monge, the poets Chénier and Fabre d’ Eglantine and the painter David. The mathematicians contributed equal month division, and a decimal measures of time. The poets contributed the name of the days, choosing the names of plants, domestic animals and tools; the months rhyme three by three, according to the “sonority” of the seasons. The Eiffel Tower … was built in commemoration of the French Revolution, and was built for the Paris World’s Fair in 1889.
“The calendar was one of the great reforms undertaken by the national Convention, like the Metric system —webexhibts.org
“The first day of the year (1 Vendémiaire) of year I , II , III , V , VI , and VII fell on Sept. 22 of the corresponding year A.D.; in the years IV, VIII , IX , X , XI , XIII , and XIV , it fell on Sept. 23; in the year XII , it fell on Sept. 24.
“There was no week; each month was divided into three decades of ten days each, with every 10th day ( décadi ) a day of rest. For the outstanding events known by the names of the revolutionary months in which they occurred, see Vendémiaire; Brumaire; Thermidor; Fructidor.” — Infoplease.com
The Revolution Has Never Ended
“The Revolution does not simply ‘explain’ our contemporary history; it is our contemporary history…The Revolution has a birth but no end.”—Francois Furet, Interpreting the French Revolution, Cambridge University Press, 1977, p.3. (Emphasis his).
The Beatles even, employing the French Anthem, proclaimed as recently as 1967, “All you need is [free] love”.
Voltaire, the decadent French “philosopher,” backed up by all the heirs of the historic enemies of the Church, said of Catholicism,
“Destroy the despicable thing!”
In its place he, with Robespierre and the others, proclaimed a new creed in the name of Reason (whose ‘reason’? theirs of course) “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”.
“Between June 1793 and the end of July 1794, there were 16,594 official death sentences in France, of which 2,639 were in Paris. However, the total number of deaths in France was much higher, owing to death in imprisonment, suicide and casualties in foreign and civil war.” —Wikipedia
“Forty people had their heads chopped off on 17 July 1794, 16 of whom were Carmelite nuns from the small city of Compiègne in Northern France. The Order of the Carmelites itself dates back to the 12th century, and has a strong tradition of Marian devotion. Their spiritual focus of the Order is contemplation.
“Enlightenment intellectuals argued that such a passive activity as contemplation served no practical purpose for society. By the time of the French Revolution, both the monarchy and the Church came under [bloody] attack…
“It was a time of unprecedented upheaval in daily life, where all things Christian were swept away.
“The seven-day week was scrapped in favour of a ten-day one. A prostitute “Goddess of Reason” was installed in Notre Dame to perform lewd songs. The remains of past French Kings were dug up from the Royal Basilica at Saint-Denis and thrown into a common pit. In September 1792 alone 225 priests and bishops were slaughtered.” —The Telegraph, June 3, 2014, The Martyrs of Compiègne
In place of the Christian Faith the decadents over time erected a global superwealthy warmaking technocracy, an All-seeing Eye Panopticon, with the assistance of powerful bankers.
And ever since, the war against Christianity with its quaint morality has been relentless. It uses everything from outright persecution to intensifying propaganda with a view to enfeebling minds; its infiltrations or outright unnatural legislation outlawing opposition is ever ongoing. Which is why we must be alert if some (even in the Church) begin proclaiming peace with that Revolution against Natural Law and traditional teaching, reshaping the very teachings of Christ to do it. (Heb. 13:8). Most previous moral principles according to this militant arrogance was declared to be darkness in contrast to the new era of “Enlightenment”. Only those moral principles (rooted in the Mosaic Commandments) which served the new economic and civil order were retained, even as permanent war was launched against the bedrock of human society, the family, together with purity, decency, sex /gender. A whole new world was constructed by the Revolutionaries, even resurrecting ancient myths of origins and cosmology fitted for the Novus Ordo Seclorum.
A lot of people think of liberalism as a mere political faction, but anyone who has studied the intellectual history of the West since the French Revolution can see that it is far more. It is the adoration of undefined “liberty,” the worship of freedom itself, which is irrational.
But liberty or freedom for what? What are our soldiers really fighting and losing limbs and dying and killing for?
Only slaves are perfectly “equal”. Character and constructive effortful ingenuity obviously distinguish between us unequally. Liberty is the foundation for such distinctions.
Roger Scruton said “Liberty is not the same thing as equality, and those who call themselves liberals are far more interested in equalizing than in liberating their fellows.”
The “pursuit of happiness”?
Yes, but happiness is an amorphous, relative concept. Political ideologues define it in certain biting directions. Our history before the Revolution defined it another way (Jn. 8:32). It is a great sucking sound, a wild unstoppable vortex, drawing everyone in on route via media propaganda to ….what?
What have we been building?
Few ask that question anymore. Our technocratic nihilist chaos, which makes political, ideological and economic objectives supreme, reflect the nihilist chaos in the souls of those ideological leaders who pose as great men and women. But the truth is plainly seen. What is being advanced is a new oligarchy and moral collapse disguised as revolutionary “liberation”.
Goodness is being banned. But only Truth can make us free (Jn 8:32-36). No revolution can change reality. It is madness to think we can. And Reality will not stay down.
Dr. E. Michael Jones writes that with the Enlightenment and especially the French Revolution,
“Freedom followed by Draconian control became the dialectic of all [subsequent] revolutions, and, in this regard, the sexual revolution was no exception. In fact, revolution and sexual revolution were, if not synonymous, then certainly contemporaneous, and in fact, the latter was inseparable from the former.
“Once the passions were liberated from obedience to the traditional moral law as explicated by the Christian religion, they had to be subjected to another more stringent, perhaps “scientific” form of control in order to keep society from falling apart. Social control was the necessary consequence of liberation, something which the French Revolution would make obvious.
“It was the chaos stemming from the French Revolution, in fact, which would inspire Auguste Comte to come up with the “science” of sociology, which was in its way about ersatz religion but most importantly a way of bringing order out of chaos in a world which no longer found the religious foundation of morals plausible”. —Libido Dominandi: Sexual liberation and political control (Amazon.com)
Political control through libertinism has been the strategy employed in the overthrow of the Christian order and family from the first. It is still the battering ram used against reason and morality, efficaciously even if futilely.
Sade wrote of himself and his revolutionary dupes:
“Imperious, choleric, irascible, extreme in everything, with a dissolute imagination the like of which has never been seen, atheistic to the point of fanaticism, there you have me in a nutshell, and kill me again or take me as I am, for I shall not change.”
—Sade in a letter to his wife, written in prison, November 1783
And his note to daughters, sisters, wives, and, yes, all mothers:
“You young maidens, too long constrained by a fanciful Virtue’s absurd and dangerous bonds and by those of a disgusting religion, imitate the fiery Eugénie; be as quick as she to destroy, to spurn all those ridiculous precepts inculcated in you by imbecile parents.” —Philosophy in the Bedroom.