When extreme inequality leads to extreme violence

This is an important speech. Thanks. It reminds me of the notion that Dickens wrote “Tale of Two Cities” as a warning to England that if they are not careful they too might have their own http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilien_Robespierre “To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is barbarity.” — Maximilien Robespierre, 1794 — I’m not saying that what Robespierre did is good or right nor am I advocating it but simply remembering that such things have happened in history when inequality becomes extreme. — Robespierre saw no room for mercy in his Terror, stating that “slowness of judgments is equal to impunity” and “uncertainty of punishment encourages all the guilty”. Throughout his Report on the Principles of Political Morality, Robespierre assailed any stalling of action in defence of the Republic. In his thinking, there was not enough that could be done fast enough in defence against enemies at home and abroad. A staunch believer in the teachings of Rousseau, Robespierre believed that it was his duty as a public servant to push the Revolution forward, and that the only rational way to do that was to defend it on all fronts. The Report did not merely call for blood but also expounded many of the original ideas of the 1789 Revolution, such as political equality, suffrage, and abolition of privileges. Despite executing a good number of his fellow revolutionaries, Robespierre was still one of them in his theory, even if his practice was questionable.


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