On Madness And Revolution

The Camp Of The Saints

How could it be anything but hard! It was more than the human heart could bear: to fall beneath the beloved ax — then to have to justify its wisdom.

But that is the price a man pays for entrusting his God-given soul to human dogma.

—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, Volume II

I came across an interesting book review by Michael Jay in The London Review Of Books [tip of the fedora to Arts & Letters Daily] that inspired some reflections on the Madness in Revolutions.

[I should tell you that I do not think Mr. Jay would agree with my ruminations, nor probably would the author of the book being reviewed, although I think it would be a thought-provoking read.]

In mentioning Doctor Philippe Pinel, who was practicing before, during, and after the French Revolution, Mr. Jay writes:

…by 1793 he was physician at the Bicêtre hospital, an…

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