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By Eric Voegelin

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Title: From Enlightenment to Revolution
Author: Voegelin, Eric
Publisher: Duke Univ Pr
Publication Date: 1982/02/01
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Ibid. ,p. 310. 28. Ibid. ,pp. 3lof. 29. Ibid. ,p. 313. 30. Ibid. ,p. 314. L32 FROM ENLIGHTENMENT TO REVOLUTION brigands will becomecoloniesof voters who will unfold all through Africa and Asia the foundations and the instance of the f:reedom,the mild and the reasonof Europe. ' The natives will locate brothers within the Europeansand becometheir neighbors and students. Of cours€roccasional friction might developwith savagesand nomads;progresswill be slower in thesecasesand accompaniedby sometrouble. "Perhaps such natives could be decreased to a small quantity; and, by way of and via, after they see themselvespushedback via the civilized nations,they will errdby disappearing insensibly, or they are going to lose themselvesin their nnidst. " this may be the inevitable consequenceof development in Europe and of the liberty of commercewhich the French and North American republics have the curiosity and gear to set up. sl This software of Condorcetseemsto be the 1st systerrraticproject elaboratedby a Western totalitarian for the unconventional destruction of all civilizations of mankind, the excessive civilizations in addition to the fewer differentiated local civilizations, and to rework the outside of the globe into the habitat of a standardizedmankind which isi shaped by means of the ideology of a handful of megalomaniac intellectuals. there's not often any discernibledifferenceon this aspect among the totalitarian Progressivist and his Communist and nationwide Socialist successors. Who aren't reminded, in analyzing the exposition of equality, of Mr. Orwell's quip: All animals are equal-but a few animarlsare extra equivalent than others? Who won't recognizein the elevationof backward mankind to the Anglo-French point the nationwide Socialist Gleichschaltung, or Stalin'sjudicious resolution given to the matter of nationalities: "National in shape, socialist in substance"? Who won't realize within the substitute, advancedwith brutal equanimity, of civilize your self or perish, perceptibly or imperceptibly,the nationwide Socialist slogan: uWo gehobeltwird, da fl,iegenSpahne? "And who wouldn't realize within the coloniesof "citizens" who exchange the t'brigands,ttthrgGauleiters and Commissars? at the secondpoint, the growth of equality inside of each one kingdom, we will be briefer. The reforms suggestedby Condorcetdo no longer contact at the rules of a positivist philosophyof background and politics. They belong really to the final development for the abolition of yes social injustices, they usually stem from the perception into the political instability of a societyhaving too deep a cleavagebetweenthe wealthy and the negative. Condorcetdistinguishesbetween the formal equality of electorate less than the constitutionand the true equality of economicand educationalstatus. The fail to remember for this challenge was once the central explanation for the destruc3I. Ibid. ,pp. 316-318. development AND POLITICAL life r33 tion of freedom within the historical republics and for his or her give up to international tyrants. the 3 issues of assault are: ( I ) the inequality of wealth, (2) the inequality betweenthe guy who can operatewith an inherited capital and the guy who dependsfor his sustenanceon his paintings on my own, and ( three ) the inequality of guide.

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