Joseph De Maistre: The Metaphysics of the French Revolution

“Evil has nothing in common with life; it cannot create, since its power is purely negative.  Evil is the schism of being; it is not true.  Now what distinguishes the French Revolution and makes it an event unique in history is that it is radically bad.”  Those are the words of Franco-Savoyard lawyer and diplomat … Continue reading Joseph De Maistre: The Metaphysics of the French Revolution

Statism and the Anglo-Scottish Liberal Tradition

The Anglo-American experience has always been considerably different from that of their continental European peers.  Recent histories have been published celebrating the liberalness of the Anglo-American tradition, from Andrew Roberts lauding the English-speaking world’s importance in the suffragist movement—from suffrage having been granted in the middle nineteenth century at local levels to the final consummation … Continue reading Statism and the Anglo-Scottish Liberal Tradition

De Maistre: Defending the Social Order

One of the aspects of Joseph Maistre’s political thought that earns him scorn is his steadfast defense of the social order.  De Maistre’s social order largely stemmed from his Catholicism, where Catholicism – following the philosophy of the Logos – maintains that there is a rational order to society and that in this hierarchal order … Continue reading De Maistre: Defending the Social Order

Joseph de Maistre: Upon the Altar of Blood and Violence

Joseph de Maistre is a relatively unknown name to us now, especially in the English-speaking world, but he was widely influential in the nineteenth century and well into the twentieth century.  A diplomat, writer, and philosopher, his influence extended to the utopian socialists of France to the “Counter Enlightenment” critics of the revolutionary spirit of … Continue reading Joseph de Maistre: Upon the Altar of Blood and Violence