Monday, January 21, 2008

Impossible Reconciliation


Today January 21 is the anniversary of the execution of King Louis XVI. We frequently say that a King's first love and his first duty are to his country. He is the Father of his people, and his loyalty to them, in the name of God and country, is the basis of his policy. A bad king, a hated king, is one who does not act in the interests of his people.

Opposing the King, at the opposite end of the spectrum are the rebellious and violent children who rise up and murder their father. They are always there, waiting for their chance, and in 1789, by a baneful conjunction of circumstances, they did indeed rise up and murder their father, without remorse or restraint, innocent though he was.

The Greek notion of endless retribution and endless hatred between the different factions of a broken country or a broken family has been relived every day in France since the Revolution, without resolution, although there have been periods when resolution seemed at hand.

This does not mean resolution is impossible, only that it has not happened. In the terrible twentieth century, the violent children, descendants of those who killed King Louis XVI, acquired more power, influence and predominance than ever before. In the form of ideologies called socialism and communism they set about to destroy the very idea of a nation. Today, under other denominations, such as globalism, anti-racism, libertarianism, egalitarianism, Europeanism, as well as the tried and true socialism, they are having an easier time of it, thanks in part to the media and to the as-yet unexplained apathy of so many leaders, than they did in 1789, when all of Europe opposed them, or during the 19th century, when new levels of comfort in everyday living made it unlikely people would rise up against their own civilization. On the eve of WWI Europe had been enjoying decades of comfortable peace, and many thought the new conflict would be a cakewalk.

A French poet named Louis Aragon (1897-1982), raised in a dysfunctional household by his young mother who he thought was his sister, went off to the First World War having just learned that his "sister" was really his mother, and that his father had repudiated him. This must have had a profound effect on the 19-year old, for in 1925, in a work entitled "The Surrealist Revolution" he wrote these lines as cited by Novopress:

"We will ruin this civilization that is dear to you."

"Western World, you are condemned to death."

"We are the defeatists of Europe: See how dry this land is and good for all fires."

"May the drug traffickers hurl themselves onto our terrified country."

"May the East, your terror, respond at last to our voice."

"We are those who will always give our hand to the enemy."

While still young, Louis Aragon became a card-carrying member of the Communist Party and one of the founders of the surrealist literary movement along with André Breton. He married a Russian woman named Elsa Triolet and wrote of his great love for her in many poems, but when she died, he was no longer obligated to conceal his homosexuality.

He remained forever the child in rebellion against his father. We perceive, in his words, the depth of hatred, shared by a large portion of the French population, for the father-image, the king, the fatherland.

In the 24th Book of the Iliad, Achilles and Priam reconcile because, though technically enemies, they are equally legitimate and equally honorable men of rare quality. The defeat of the latter by the former does not prevent Achilles from feeling love and compassion for the aged Trojan king.

Such a reconciliation could never occur between the likes of Louis XVI and Louis Aragon. It's one or the other. The only resolution possible for France is the victory of the ideals of the former over those of the latter, unless by some miracle the latter grows up.

Read more about Louis Aragon at Wikipedia.

Engraving of the execution of Louis XVI on January 21, 1793, from Wikipedia.

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7 Comments:

At January 21, 2008 7:52 AM, Anonymous WLindsayWheeler said...

Just a beautiful yet sad post. How very True. "Endless Retribution". Hatred is ensconced in Rebellion. We see this also in Satan. And how true that this hate is married to Islam and the destruction of France. You're right communism, socialism and fascism all had their start in France after the revolution. Rousseau, who was a quasi homo, a ladies man, an effeminate, is the father of both nationalism and socialism.

I have come to see that our only hope is the Restoration of Monarchy for all the European nations. Did you know Tiberge that the symbol of liberty is "Female". What is the Statue of Liberty? Female. Helvetia? Female. It is patriarchy vs matriarchy. The monarchy is patriarchical and all liberalism including libertarianism is feminine.

 
At January 21, 2008 4:15 PM, Anonymous dauphin_b612 said...

Un bel hommage à notre Roi -
(malgré quelques fautes d'orthographe)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHqMFo2qgpA

 
At January 21, 2008 4:52 PM, Blogger kahaneloyalist said...

Tiberge, why do you believe the French are so apathetic in the face of the not only possible but likely destruction of their country?

 
At January 22, 2008 9:29 PM, Blogger Mark Richardson said...

Beautifully written post.

 
At January 22, 2008 10:25 PM, Blogger tiberge said...

@ kahaneloyaalist

I think you've asked me that before, and I have no ready answer. My French readers may be more qualified to answer.

It could be that as a people they cannot function without a centralized authority such as a monarch. But we know that even after the Revolution there were great periods of artistic and scientific achievement.

It could be that they are suffering from wounded pride because of the overwhelming power (as they perceive it) of the United States. This may paralyze their ability to think clearly and to think in an autonomous way, instead of constantly comparing themselves to the US.

It could be they are today the products of socialized education, of socialized television, of so many bad ideas that have taken root in the West. They may be slowly losing all memory of the past and become literally incapable of saving something they never knew.

But all of this is not just happening in France. If it were only France, there would be hope for the West, but it's everywhere, in varying degrees of demoralization, apathy, and collaboration.

Many people want these changes. They want "One World", "No Borders", "Unfettered Migrations". Paradoxically these same people want "Controlled Speech", "Controlled Internet", "Controlled Hiring Practices".

There seems to be a schizophrenic split between the desire for absolute freedom to do whatever you want in your personal life, and absolute control over those forces that might but a check on your freedom.

Only a great leader (or leaders) can remind the people of what they have lost and what they will endure in the future if things go on like this. A reader recently asked me (a bit angrily) where I thought such a leader would come from. Would we manufacture him? Of course, I had to say I didn't know.

An American politician, Adlai Stevenson, once said that government was like a pump - whatever is down below will be pumped up to the highest positions.

So the leaders we have today are the reflection of the people they rule - not all of them of course, but enough of them to win an election, manipulate the media, and stay in power.

I'm working on a long article (it's taking forever to complete) in which the author says that the difference in France is that their system is not correctible, whereas in America there is still hope that an election will change the course of events. In France (and I think he meant in Europe too) the system, once set in motion cannot be controlled - like the computer named Hal in 2001 Space Odyssey!

Possibly that is why they are apathetic.

Apologies for being too long.

P.S. I try to remind myself that there are many cases in medical records of terminally ill patients who get well. If it can happen to one body, why not to one continent?

 
At January 22, 2008 10:31 PM, Blogger tiberge said...

@ mark richardson

I'm grateful for your comment.

I feel so foolish when I look back to when we were in college - the French Revolution was the grandest event in history and woe to anyone who challenged such a notion!

 
At January 23, 2008 7:43 AM, Anonymous Toynbee's ghost said...

Many people want these changes. They want "One World", "No Borders", "Unfettered Migrations". Paradoxically these same people want "Controlled Speech", "Controlled Internet", "Controlled Hiring Practices".

They want the Empire. It is always the end of a civilization. Muslims, themselves leftovers of old Ottoman and Abbasid superstates, are already accustomed to this. One world, where no borders exist and no one can escape beyond the Empire, is coming. There will be liberty of movement within the realm, but no liberty of thought and expression. In fact the production of new thought and ideas will cease altogether, as stagnation of the universal, final state sets in.

 

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