Wednesday, January 16, 2008

David Warren on Kafka's Canada

David Warren has a very good article today on the continuing destruction of our freedoms by such "liberal" weapons as the Human Rights Commissions.

I'm glad to see that he mentions Danton - I've been thinking about Danton for a few weeks too, and trying to devise a blog entry dealing with him. It's easier now that someone else has taken the lead.
"La révolution dévore ses enfants," observed Georges Danton, the great French revolutionary, when he himself fell victim to the Revolutionary Terror. “The revolution eats its own children.”

Danton was a special case -- not in getting himself beheaded, which people did by the countless thousands in revolutionary France, but for the way he went down. What made him special was the component of his character that was not fanatic, but capable of moderation, and genuine reason. That was how he fell out with Robespierre, and the “extremer extremists.”

And let's not forget his famous words in his own defence after he himself had been arrested and brought before the Tribunal:
'It was a day like this I had the Revolutionary Tribunal set up, but I ask pardon for it from God and man; it was never meant to be the scourge of mankind. It was to avoid a repetition of the September massacres.'

A common refrain among revolutionaries. Our own Alan Borovoy, as yet in happier circumstances, laments
“During the years when my colleagues and I were labouring to create (human rights) commissions, we never imagined that they might ultimately be used against freedom of speech.”


Anonymous Little Gidding said...

And then there's Trotsky's "learning experience" with the sharp end of an ice pick, but that most certainly gave him very little time for ironic reflection or repentence.

4:58 pm  

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