November 10, 2016

Today in History: French Revolution swaps churches for atheistic “Temples of Reason” (1793)

John RobsonResident Historian
 

On November 10, 1793, the French Revolutionary government began trying to stuff a Cult of Reason down the throats of its populace. 

This effort to make people worship man not God in the name of higher rationality predictably ended in irrational, inhumane conduct.

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commented 2016-11-10 22:00:59 -0500
Always good to hear from Prof. Robson

THe “terror” of the revolution was driven by the Jacobins (among them Robespierre). The Jacobin leaders were explicitly disciples of the contemporary socialist philosopher of the day, Rousseau (So was PET). Robespierre expressed the prevailing adoring opinion of the great man: “Rousseau is the one man who, through the loftiness of his soul and the grandeur of his character, showed himself worthy of the role of teacher of mankind.” Under the Jacobins, the Revolution became more radical and more violent.

Rousseau was a secularist and proto-socialist who invented the “social contract” a flowery sounding lofty concept that citizens rescind their loyalty to God, King and self-interest to the collective state. Rousseau was fallible in much of his logic, none more so than in his hypocritical secular deference to “reason” then ascribing unreasonable demands of the state to be reasonable.

As Prof. Robson states, the unreasonableness of faulty reasoning was embodied by state terror in the name of secular reason During the French Revolution – and later during Bolshevik revolution.
commented 2016-11-10 18:56:46 -0500
More than a tweet, sorry. I keep forgetting Apple checks the meaning they want for you.

Does any one know how to turn their Orwell check off of a personal device?
commented 2016-11-10 18:36:34 -0500
Good video, but the problem is Dr. Robson is citing philosophy and literacy that requires an attention span of a tweet. Not to be had these days by our so-called university intellectuals, Robson and Peterson excluded. I will go with a highly literate labourer any day, like the ones voting Brexit and Trump.
commented 2016-11-10 16:00:19 -0500
So in other words professor ROBSON
The reasoning of man can rule over man is unreasonable