On July 14, 1789, the disappearing middle class and increasingly impoverished poor in Paris rose up and stormed the Bastille–a symbol of their oppression by the rich, the corporations, the corrupt officials waxed fat with stripping lands and rights from the people and began a systematic overthrow of a broken system. On August 4, 1789, the corrupt Church and the privileges of the nobility were attacked and prohibited from collecting tithes from the poor,
with clergy demanding them like prototype Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, James Dobson, and various televangelists (there is no Biblical foundation for tithing 10%). On July 12, 1790, the clergy, from Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, 1st Prince de Bénévent (bishop of Autun; popularly known as le diable boiteux [the lame devil]) to the lowest cleric became public servants by law and could no longer threaten the right of people to decide their own destiny, and many turned toward rejecting the faith that had kept them in bondage for hundreds of years. The greatest day in French history, January 21, 1793, began with the execution of the bumbling King Louis XVI. He would soon be followed by nobility, corrupt clerics and predatory preachers, and a host of corporate leaders who were impoverishing the nation by passing legislation against unions, collective bargaining and human rights.
The corruption of the church and the clergy that despoiled the wavering faithful was exceeded only by the French wealthy entrepreneurs and nobility who spoke only for themselves and had no concern for the working people of the nation: those who made the furniture, the buggies and coaches, the bread, and tended gardens and fields so that the rich could eat and occasionally toss them table scraps. The silence of the poor was strained, and in the garrets and in the hovels that many called home, there was the whispers of open armed revolution and the toppling of the upper-class–regardless of the cost–many noting that it was organized religion that was buttressing a bankrupt government and a society that held benefits only for the wealth and well-healed, those with money, power, and position. The smoldering embers of resentment soon led into a full-scale conflagration and more than churches and the homes of the rich broke into jetting flames.
As the flames were shooting embers into the air as palaces became charred, the first of hundreds of currish corporate leaders mounted the steps to the guillotine; the celebrated, albeit too brief, the Culte de la Raison was born and became the voice of humanocentricism with the sole aim of perfecting mortals through reason rather than superstition or slavish devotion to any single source that had the audacity to proclaim that it was either inspired by or written by any deity that enchained the people with the torturous tools of fear of imaginary hell or an elusive heaven. All religious shackles were shattered, the ecclesiastical articles of torture exhibited, and the clergy vilified for their carnal and cavernous appetites. Abstract idea of religious were rejected as being biased against select groups, and the movement turned to elevate all opinions as equal in value and encouraged to be studied (Kennedy, Emmet (1989). A Cultural History of the French Revolution. Yale University Press. p. 343.).
As prices rose, food became scarce and housing became too expensive and difficult to find, the poor rose up and attacked banks, investors, and the captains of industry. The French Revolution was not about bread, but the cost of bread, as the wealthy controlled the cost and everything associated with bread. The greatest problem was that the wealthy refused to pay their fair share of taxes, expected tax subsidies, and to be given tax credits while the Middle Class disappeared. The rich entrepreneurs who made millions while their workers barely survived did so by literally and physically buying tax loopholes and tax breaks for themselves and their families and related social groups–all being blessed by a congenial and draconian clergy that rallied for public prayers open to the public so that the people would look more eagerly for the splendors of heaven while suffering perdition on earth. The rich, in fact, could in fact buy government positions, which they did in extraordinary numbers. just to get tax benefits and the forgiveness of all taxes. Everyone in the French government who worked for the nation was or would become enormously rich as they talked about fixing a working budget that never applied to themselves and made certain that it never came to pass while they kept exempting themselves, their businesses and big farms from taxes.
France’s finances were in such bad shape because of the increasing corruption of big businesses that in 1789 Louis XVI called the Estates General to meet for the first time in 150 years. After that meeting failed, public outrage at the special privileges helped launch the French Revolution. It is past time that it happen in the USA, UK, and elsewhere that the favored few lived sumptuous lifestyles while the rest live like paupers and pawns.
The Court of Louis XVI was only a weak prototype of the corruption of the Tea Party in the USA, and his advisors but shadows of the Koch Brothers and today’s randy politicians from Rick Perry and his interest in gay men, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney who argues that corporations are people, and others all buttressed by their corrupt clergy from Bradlee Dean to James Dobson and the roster that appeared in Texas with Rick Perry at his Prayer Response in August 2011, with everything funded by the Koch Brother’s Tea Party and racism in the USA. It is time that the people of the USA rise up as did the good citizens of Paris and take their country back from the Koch Brothers, Hunt Brothers, and similar autocrats who pay millions to protect themselves from the righteous wrath of those they forced out of jobs and homes. The French went after their corrupt court judges, yet where the thoroughly despicable and disputable US Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts continues to stumble backwards to the seventeenth century, the people of the USA have neither the will nor the interest in overthrowing this vile institution that claims that corporations are people. Contemporary journalism has little interest in the Machiavellian machinations of this elite group, as the media is far more interested in the sex life of Tiger Woods, or who was chosen to represent Miss USA.