Re: Hi Everyone!
- Hello Lena!
As you see, this list hasn't been very active in years, but I know a
lot of people who would join us in a moment, when I tell them that
this group does exist.
So please be patient. In the meantime I would like to know how you
came to be interested in Robespierre.
More from me later on.
- --- In email@example.com, Olena Shon
> Dear friends!If we understand a tyrant to be a man who rules singlehandedly or one
> I am a new member of your group and I am happy to find
> people with whom I may share my interest in Maximilien
> My name is Lena, I live in Ukraine. I have been
> studying life of Maximilien Robespierre for almost 15
> years already. I call him simply Maximilien. We are
> like friends.
> I DO NOT consider him a tyrant!
in whom the ultimate governmental power is vested, no. But there is
no doubt that the collective power of the Committee of Public Welfare
amounted to dictatorship, if not in name, than in fact. I have not
too many problems with this, however, since France was in the midst
of a revolution, attacked by foreign armies and torn apart by civil
war. And while the ebb and flow of intellectual wrestling that
characterises a democracy is useful in times of peace, it may be
ruinous in times of war.
That's essentially what Robespierre said in his famous speech about
political moral, he just had the courage to call the thing with its
proper name, which is terror, the rule of force, as opposed to
virtue, the rule of law. No wonder our modern-day politicians cringe
whenever they hear the name Robespierre. He reminds them too
forcefully that the only justification for terror is that you also
need virtue to balance it.
- Hi, Claudia!
Thank you for your letter!
I'll be patient and wait till the list becomes active.
but I am really happy to find people who are also
interested in Maximilien Robespierre.
How I began to be interested in him? I don't know
really. It was a sudden impulse or what... Really, I
don't know. It started unexpectedly, but it was
enforced by the movie "Saint-Just et la force des
choses" I remember it perfectly well though I saw it
15 years ago. I was really moved, shocked and... And I
promised to myself to study life and activity of
Robespierre. Though I am not a historian.
Maybe, we could communicate with you in future? can
you tell me how you began to be interested in him?
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