DANIEL FINNERAN

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On Revolts and Revolutions: 18th-Century France and Modern China

Louis XVI: C’est une grande révolte!  La Rochefoucault-Liancourt: Non, Sire, c’est une grande révolution. Upon learning of the fall of the Bastille in the summer of 1789, Louis XVI—the hapless (and soon to be headless) French king against whom popular opinion in the country had long since turned—responded with one of the great understatements of …

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If People are Kept Ignorant Long Enough, Anything is Possible

The good people of Pennsylvania, although ignorant, do have, unlike their more unenlightened neighbors across the Delaware River in the state of New Jersey, an inborn ability to grasp the truth. In them, but not in us, there’s an instinctive talent to comprehend objective reality, an eye capable of detecting subtle but incontrovertible truths to …

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