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    Default FEE: How Nationalism and Socialism Arose from the French Revolution

    This was just posted at FEE today. I thought it was great. It's longish. And there are too many parts I'd love to quote. Here's a tidbit:
    Again we must ask, as Constant did two centuries ago: what went so wrong? It all goes back to the reliance of the original liberals on the people’s state. Locke’s notion of a hireling, representative government simply misunderstood the nature of the state. Legal plunder is not a “perversion” of the state, but its actual, primary function. As liberals came to discover through their pursuit of “legal plunder” theory, the state is and has always been a parasitic protection racket. It doesn’t tax in order to protect, but “protects” in order to tax. Like in the Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man,” the state’s “social contract” is not a service agreement, but a cookbook. “To protect and serve,” indeed, Mr. Policeman writing me a $200 ticket.
    https://fee.org/articles/how-nationa...ch-revolution/



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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfluous Man View Post
    This was just posted at FEE today. I thought it was great. It's longish. And there are too many parts I'd love to quote. Here's a tidbit:

    https://fee.org/articles/how-nationa...ch-revolution/
    Looks like a good article, will check it out

    The French revolution was the origin of nationalism as we know it; socialism has a longer pedigree, however, going back to heretical, low-church Christian sects of the medieval period (Joachimites, Taborites, Coercive Anabaptists, etc, and then later the Fifth Monarchy Men, Diggers, etc). But the French revolution unleashed these lumpenproles on the world at large. The revolutions of 1848-49 represented their second wind (for nationalism also, and for their sibling, democracy), and then of course 1917 their triumph. Rothbard on the pre-1789 history of Communism, Karl Marx As Religious Eschatologist. The most interesting/accurate book on the French revolution you're likely to find, given the fellow-traveler scrubbing of the last two centuries, The French Revolution: A Study In Democracy.
    Last edited by r3volution 3.0; 04-19-2017 at 08:58 PM.
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