Saturday, July 14, 2012

Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn on Bastile Day

"For the average person, all problems date to World War II; for the more informed, to World War I; for the genuine historian, to the French Revolution," said the great historian of leftism, quoted by Daniel McAdams — Remembering Bastile Day with Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn.

The self-described "extreme conservative arch-liberal" said that the Revolution was at least in part inspired by "French Anglophiles [who had a] completely false understanding of what had just happened in America," calling this, "in a way, the first great Euro-American misunderstanding."

The Austrian continued, "On the other hand, Governor Morris, the American envoy to Paris, told the conceited Lafayette at the beginning of the revolution: 'I am against your democracy, Monsieur de Lafayette, because I am for freedom.' In 1815 he began a speech with the words, 'The Bourbons are back on the throne; Europe is once again free' -something which today hardly an American would understand after so many years of school-inculcated fatuity."

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Great post.

I myself often blame Wilson in public for the USA's problems today, but only because it is novel enough in conversation with most people to draw them in and less offensive than criticizing St. Lincoln.

When I am discussing "World" and not merely "US" issues (arbitrary, I know), I blame Rousseau. Of course, Wilson was a Rousseauian.

Anyway - what say you of Simon Schama's "Citizens" ?

July 15, 2012 at 10:35 PM  

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