French Revolution Potpourri

One of the books I’m currently working through is Nesta Webster’s “The French Revolution.” I’ve spent a good portion of my life reading on the various Marxist Revolutions and even though the French Revolution pre-dated Marx there is a good deal of it that fits with those later Marxist revolutions. One could almost say that the French Revolution was a dress rehearsal for the later Revolutions. On that connection between the French Revolution and later Revolutions I would recommend James H. Billington’s “Fire in the Minds of Men.”

I am continuing to pursue this kind of reading because I am convinced that my continuing to familiarize myself with the epic Revolutions I will be able to better prove myself one of the “Sons of Issachar.” They were the ones in Scripture who “knew the times and what should be done.” I am convinced that while history is not cyclical it does have those who seek to implement tried and true Revolutionary methods, which have long been laid out, in order to effect disintegration downward into the void.

So I read of the French Revolution, the 2nd American Revolution (1861-1877) the Bolshevik Revolution, the Chinese Revolution, the Rhodesia – South African Revolutions, in order to locate the common thread that runs through each and all of them. The Marxists are nothing if not consistent in their Revolutionary techniques and the consistent application of them, though those methods might shift their forms depending on the situation on the ground.

One matter that is consistent (and there are several) is the deep and abiding hatred of Christ and the Christian faith. You will never find a Marxist Revolution that results in the honoring of the Risen Christ and His Church. In point of fact, the heart of all Marxist Revolutions is to de-god God and to en-god the Revolutionary elite and through them Lucifer.

With that said I offer up a potpourri of my reading from Webster and / or my thoughts inspired by reading Webster.

A.) Left & Right

It was the French Revolution that brought us the modern notion of the “Left” and the “Right.” The Jacobins (Montagnards) sat on the Left of the Speaker in the Assembly while the Girondins sat center left and those who supported Louix XVI (Constitutional Monarchists) sat on the Right in the National Assembly.

This is not without significance. The reason that “left” and “right” became designations is because the Left was making a statement. They knew that Christianity taught that those on the right of God were the saved while those on the left were damned. The seating arrangement reflected their attempt to overthrow God from His throne.

This mindset is underscored by the maxim of the left. They freely chanted, “No God, No King,” and took for a motto that “We will not be satisfied until the last King is strangled with the entrails of the last Priest.”

The French Revolution, like all Revolutions, is ultimately man’s attack on God. The one we are living through right now in the States is the same. Unless we put these God haters down (defeat them) they will do to us just what Revolutionaries have always done to God’s people in Revolutions.

This is not so much a political Revolution as it is a Theological and religious Revolution.

B.) Revolutionary Methodology Used to Condition Population for Revolution

The methods used throughout history in Marxist Revolutionary theory as regards to working on the minds of the populace are,

1.) Calumny

This is the technique of poisoning the people’s minds against the ruling order. Every lie is proclaimed to defame and destroy those who are opposing Revolution… and that at every level.

Most recently consider how the Dr. from Nigeria was destroyed after the Doc presser.

2.) Corruption

This is the technique that works to instigate in the population moral insouciance and turpitude. Laws are passed to allow perversion. The law turns a blind eye to immorality while hammering law abiding citizens.

3.) Terror

The people are filled with fear by the exercise of terror upon their minds. This makes the population easily malleable and open to every manipulative suggestion by the State. Masks are a terror technique in Revolution.

C.) July 14th & Blood & Unspeakable Cruelty

The Revolution of July 14, 1789 where Foullon, Berthier, and De Launay found their heads hoisted on pikes and marched around Paris provided the needed blood conditioning required for the eventual presence of madame La Guillotine. Before 14 July Paris, though restless, had not learned the taste for blood. 14 July changed all that and like the addict taking his first sip of alcohol which then screams for more, so 14 July turned Parisians into addicts for ever increasing torrents of blood. Indeed, the inhabitants of Paris became insatiable in their demand for blood letting and death.

D.) The Puppeteers of Revolution

Now, in all the great outbreaks of Revolution we shall find that the mechanism is fourfold, consisting of,

1.) Follow the Money-lenders
2.) the Instigators
3.) the Agitators
4.) the Instruments

The first are those ideologues who are financially situated to bankroll their ideas and desires for Revolution. In the end Revolution is not only theological but it is also financial. There is somebody behind the scenes who is making bank on financing Revolution. The financial motivation follows closely on the heels of the theological motivation. In history, names like Rothschild, Rockefeller, the house of Morgan, Carnegie, and others come to mind. The Money-lenders operate by the principle that their job is best done by being unknown and out of the public eye.

The second are those hired by the Money-lenders to put a hot-poker into the body-politic. George Soros is the most popular name today that falls under this category but you can be sure there are many besides George. In history you can think of a chap like Saul Alinsky.

The third category are those who are the shite-stirrers. There are multitudinous numbers of these types. Everyone from the top politicians (Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler, etc) to the demagogues like Al Sharpton, Morris Dees and Jonathan Greenblatt to the talking heads on CNN and MSNBC and FOX.

The fourth category are those on the ground at the riots who are tasked with keeping the fire of Revolution hot and burning. They will typically be known only to the agitators.

Of these three classes only the last two incur any danger.

E.) Recounting the Horror

Thus is the character of all Revolutions;

“Meanwhile Foullon ‘s son-in-law, Berthier, was arrested at
Compiegne, in the midst of his efforts to assure the provisioning
of Paris. … This, of course, the revolutionaries could not forgive him, and Berthier was driven to Paris amidst the execrations of the populace. As he entered the capital, followed by a mob of armed brigands, the head of his father-in-law (Foullon) was thrust through his carriage-window on the end of a pike. Faint with hunger and sick with horror he reached the Hotel de Ville, but before the lantern could be lowered a mutineer of the Royal Cravatte plunged his sabre into his body. Thereupon ” a monster of ferocity, a cannibal,” tore out his heart, and Desnot, the ” cook out of place ” who had cut off the head of De Launay and again ” happened ” to be on the spot, carried it to the Palais Royal.^ This ghastly trophy, together with the victim’s head, was placed in the middle of the supper-table around which the brigands feasted.”

Nesta Webster
The French Revolution — p. 129

F.) Reading on the Storming of the Bastille.

Paris had a population of 800K. The mob that stormed the Bastille was apprx. 1000 people. Of that one thousand those who committed the atrocities were overwhelmingly a foreign element who had been paid to riot, murder, and pillage.

Dussaulx further testifies : ” They were men,” he says, ” armed like savages. And what sort of men ? Of the sort that one could not remember ever having met in broad daylight. Where did they come from ? Who had drawn them from their gloomy lairs ? ” And again : ” They did not belong to the nation, these brigands that were seen filling the Hotel de Ville, some nearly naked, others strangely clothed in garments of divers colours, beside themselves with rage, most of them not knowing what they wanted, demanding the death of the victims pointed out to them, and demanding it in tones that more than once it was impossible to resist.” Further, that they were actually hired for their task is evident. Mme. Vigee le Brun records that on the morning of this day she over- heard two men talking ; one said to the other, ” Do you want to earn 10 francs ? Come and make a row with us. You have only got to cry, ‘ Down with this one ! down with that one.’
Ten francs are worth earning.” The other answered, ” But shall
we receive no blows ? ” ” Go to ! ” said the first man, ” it is we
who are to deal the blows ! “

Dussaulx confirms this statement in referring to the lanterne, ” where butchers paid by real assassins committed atrocities worthy of cannibals.”

Nesta Webster
The French Revolution — p. 126

G.) From Chaos, Order Arises

There exists in Revolutionary theory the conviction that out of chaos order arises. As such, the more chaos that Revolutionaries can create the greater expectation that order will arise. This conviction is accounted for by the anti-Christ conviction that a God of Order did not create a orderly universe and instead order arose out of the chaos of disorder of time plus chance plus circumstance. The Revolutionary thus in seeking to return to a time of chaos is pursuing, in his sick, twisted, demented mind, order.

If the Revolutionary can kill enough people, destroy enough buildings, burn down enough property then a new Utopian order will arise out of the ashes.

You find this motif in the French Revolution, the American Civil War, the Russian Revolution, the Spanish Revolution, and many others.

Keep an eye out for that mindset in our current situation.

Author: jetbrane

I am a Pastor of a small Church in Mid-Michigan who delights in my family, my congregation and my calling. I am postmillennial in my eschatology. Paedo-Calvinist Covenantal in my Christianity Reformed in my Soteriology Presuppositional in my apologetics Familialist in my family theology Agrarian in my regional community social order belief Christianity creates culture and so Christendom in my national social order belief Mythic-Poetic / Grammatical Historical in my Hermeneutic Pre-modern, Medieval, & Feudal before Enlightenment, modernity, & postmodern Reconstructionist / Theonomic in my Worldview One part paleo-conservative / one part micro Libertarian in my politics Systematic and Biblical theology need one another but Systematics has pride of place Some of my favorite authors, Augustine, Turretin, Calvin, Tolkien, Chesterton, Nock, Tozer, Dabney, Bavinck, Wodehouse, Rushdoony, Bahnsen, Schaeffer, C. Van Til, H. Van Til, G. H. Clark, C. Dawson, H. Berman, R. Nash, C. G. Singer, R. Kipling, G. North, J. Edwards, S. Foote, F. Hayek, O. Guiness, J. Witte, M. Rothbard, Clyde Wilson, Mencken, Lasch, Postman, Gatto, T. Boston, Thomas Brooks, Terry Brooks, C. Hodge, J. Calhoun, Llyod-Jones, T. Sowell, A. McClaren, M. Muggeridge, C. F. H. Henry, F. Swarz, M. Henry, G. Marten, P. Schaff, T. S. Elliott, K. Van Hoozer, K. Gentry, etc. My passion is to write in such a way that the Lord Christ might be pleased. It is my hope that people will be challenged to reconsider what are considered the givens of the current culture. Your biggest help to me dear reader will be to often remind me that God is Sovereign and that all that is, is because it pleases him.

2 thoughts on “French Revolution Potpourri”

  1. “Robespierre: The Fool as Revolutionary” by Otto Scott is an excellent companion piece to Nesta Webster’s fine work.

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