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My final words, French Revolution, Marquis du Condorcet

I write this in great haste, for I fear my time shall come at any moment. Already, those with a sense of mind are being captured, and possibly sentenced to death. Marat, one of the last sensible people, has already been assassinated, even after he hid for so long from authorities, so long he claimed “all this hiding from the authorities will not prove good for my health.” I myself am on the run, hiding out for a total of five months now, and authorities will likely catch me soon. Should I fall to their hands, they will surely execute me. The Montagnards misrepresented my ideas, and upon criticizing them for not allowing me to throw out my own voice, they decided that I was no longer worthy to live freely anymore. That was five months ago, and now I hide in fear that they will arrest me. In my time here, I have been able to write another book, giving the people my final words before I perish. This shall surely be the end for me, leaving the Revolution as a now bitter memory. It was such a good cause, but it was poisoned by the most influential people.

With these ill-willed people at the head of France, the outcomes will surely not be any good. Although the outcomes would show people the possibilities of revolution, the implications that they put on France will be nothing but bad. They said they were fighting to get rid of a tyrannical monarch, but they are becoming just as much of a tyrant as he was. If King Louis could speak from the dead, perhaps even his opinion would be better than theirs. Maybe we should have stuck with him, not bothering to kill him but rather just force him to change his views.

Although I will likely be remembered as a traitor and scum, I wish for my words to be read, so that people may remember me as a voice for rationalism. I spoke for the people, no matter how discriminated they were. I supported the women and blacks, and wanted to give the slaves freedom! Yet with the actions of our new “leaders”, I will not be remembered for any of this.

So I write to you, in vain hopes that somebody will pass on my words and influence.

 

1791, the Beginnings of a new France, Marquis du Condorcet

My efforts have paid off, and after throwing my voice out to the people they have turned their minds in the right direction, thus electing me as a representative in the Assemble. Soon enough, I will have them promote me, hopefully to at least a secretary, so that I may have more control over what France shall turn into. I fear that without a logical mind at the head of France, the kings ways may well return. Already, Louis is showing his worst sides, further turning the people of France against him. Just a short while back, the scoundrel attempted to escape his house arrest dressed up as a servant! although people should be equal, a royal should never stoop so low as to pretend to be a peasant. What’s worse, he attempted to return, saying he only went over to prove to the Austrians that he too could be a brave and powerful king. However, how brave are you really when you sneak out in the night dressed as a servant? I can be certain now that a life in prison is still to good for the king, execution shall be his fate. What else can we do with a man that wants to continually suppress the women of France? Should I come to power, the women shall receive the right to vote and have every much of a place in society as our men.  But alas, the king is not the biggest of the problems, it is now the queen.

The queen is quite opposed to the constitution, making it increasingly difficult for us to put it into play. Although her popularity has declined greatly since the peak of her rule, she still has some influence over the king as a constitutional monarch. She does not want the constitution to work for the revolution, and she can influence the king to either not accept it, or to accept it but make yet another attempt at deceiving us. Not only is she attempt to stop the constitution, she is also trying to contact her brother, the Holy Roman Emperor, to come over and crush the revolutionaries. Although France was once a military superpower, the revolution has made us vulnerable, and having the Romans come would mean certain defeat for us. Luckily, the revolutionaries are beginning to see the queens’ flaws, and I believe that at the next chance they get, they will attempt to subdue her. Whether that is by arrest or death does not matter, she simply must go.

If we are able to purge the queen, we may be able to finish the revolution. With the royal family gone, I can only predict that the revolution will be a success, and should my plan work out, I shall be able to make France a rationalist country, pioneers in the rights of everyone, and progressing in technology and science faster than any other place in the world. But I must not get ahead of myself, the revolution is still in it’s progressing stages, so I must keep my focus on the present.

Citations:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_XIV_of_France

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/marie-antoinette-134629573/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Antoinette

The Idea of Progress, Marquis du Condorcet

At last, the revolution has taken it’s first steps towards crushing the tyranny that has ruled over France for far to long. The monarchs that rule over us have been in such a high and mighty position that they seem to forget how to properly rule over a country, and are instead blinded by wealth and fortune. For a true France to emerge, we must abolish slavery,  and enfranchise the women. I have cultivated the Idea of Progress in my mind for years now, and I will finally have it put into place once the tyrants are overthrown. In my vision, the new France should be a rationalist society, where decisions are made based off fact and logic, not by personal opinions or messages from God. For a true France to emerge, we must turn to the most accurate forms of knowledge.

The kings rule has been that of a tyranny, and it must come to a stop. In my personal experience, my opinions have been covered up, and I have only been able to put my ideas forth in books, but not able to put them into place in our crumbling society. Should the revolution be a success, which I hope dearly it will be, I will make sure the people of France have an opportunity to see how a society should truly live.

Progress is what has kept man ahead of other races since our creation, and that is why we must keep cultivating progress instead of being kept in such an age, where we are ruled by the rich and stupid, while the smart and keen minded are left to be buried. To progress as a society, we must abolish slavery, free the women, establish provincial assemblies, and implement a universal public education. If we were to follow these guidelines, our entire country would be educated and have a free voice, meaning we would not have a small percentage of people capable of making decisions, but rather we would have thousands of intelligent minds. “I hope to see the bringing together of the best educated people of the earth into a Congress of Science.” (Citation no.3)  This is how we can make progress, and this is how we can turn France into a country of true and just power.

Citations:

Condorcet, Marie Jean Antoine Nicholas Caritat, Marquis de, Sandra Hinchman, Enlightenment Revolution

Condorvet Marie Jean Antoine Nicholas Caritat Marquis, Maurice Lageux, Encyclopedia Agora, 2012

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