Chronicles Editor Paul Gottfried explains why the moral and legal foundations of America are found in religion and custom, not Enlightenment natural rights, which can be interpreted ever-leftward and lead to intolerance and aggression.
The myth of the French Revolution inherently perpetuates an emotional, moral, and intellectual schism within a great nation. It has been poisoning the bonds among members of the French polity for over two centuries.
Edmund Burke was not the only great early critic of the French Revolution. De Maistre and Taine also developed strong, distinct criticisms of the revolutionaries in the period immediately following the Terror.
There are remarkable parallels between French society just before the French Revolution and U.S. society now, as a rereading of Thomas Carlyle's work shows. "The Jacobins are buried; but their work is not."