Not a royalist

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12 October 2012

“The people will not be truly free until the last king has been strangled in the entrails of the last priests.”

Declaration attributed to Joseph François Laignelot (1752-1829), French revolutionary and playwright. Laignelot, a montagnard (radical republican), voted in the Convention for the execution in 1993 of King Louis XVI.  An opportunist, he switched his allegiance to the reaction after the coup d’état of 9 Thermidor 1794, which toppled the revolutionary leader Maximilien de Robespierre and ended the Reign of Terror. Subsequently, however, Laignelot was charged with supporting the proto-Communist conspirator Gracchus Babeuf (who was guillotined by the Directoire in 1797) but was acquitted. Thereafter he appears to have devoted himself mainly to writing unsuccessful plays.

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 You might perhaps care to view some of our earlier posts.  For instance:

1. Why? or How? That is the question (3 Jan 2012)

2. Partitocracy v. Democracy (20 July 2012)

3. The shoddiest possible goods at the highest possible prices (2 Feb 2012)

4. Capitalism in practice  (4 July 2012) 

5.Ladder  (21 June 2012)

 6. A tale of two cities (1)  (6 June 2012)

 7. A tale of two cities (2)  (7 June 2012)

 8. Where’s the beef? Ontology and tinned meat (31 Jan 2012)

Every so often we shall change this sample of previously published posts.

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