America Appears Like France Just Prior to the French Revolution
Feb. 25, 2014
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.” So begins the famous work of Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, a vivid historical novel describing that notorious reign of terror known as the French Revolution.
I’ve been reading a truly chilling book on the French Revolution. It describes in ghastly narrative the enormous evil done in that blood bath. As I have been thinking about why that horror took place, it appears to me to be rooted in a confusion and disagreement about the origin of law; where does law come from? I got to thinking about what people believe today regarding the origin of law, and I found that, today, there are three groupings in America that resemble what the French believed during their ungodly revolution.