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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 93, July, 1865

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1865
Language: English
Wordcount: 88,615 / 259 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 40.8
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 515
Added to site: 2010.03.01
mnybks.net#: 26833
Genre: Periodical
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made them personally cruel, because it made them intellectually remorseless. With no instincts of humanity to guide their ideas of its rights, it was but natural that offended pride of opinion should fester into that malignant passion which puts relentlessness into the will. Everything and everybody that opposed the onward movement of the great cause ought, they conceived, to be removed. The readiest way to remove them was by tyranny, terror, and murder; for the swiftest method of answering objections is to knock out the brains that propound them. All the instituted rights of men were accordingly violated in the fierce desire to establish the abstract rights of man. A government founded on reason was to be created by a preliminary and provisional government founded on the guillotine. The ideals of Rousseau were to be realized by practices learned in the school of Draco; and a celestial democracy of thought was to spring from a demonized democracy of fact. Now we are accustomed to call these wretches young men

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