French Revolution Liberalism And The Illuminati
“Vanity made the revolution; liberty was only a pretext.”
Napoleon Bonaparte in the late 1790s.
The French Revolution was the birthing of something new in the earth. Liberalism took the nation by storm and what a storm it was. It was bathed in blood. No price was too high to pay for the radicals who would see liberalism established, no matter the cost. The Revolution overthrew the king, created a republic, proclaimed an ideology, and in the end, led the nation into a one man dictatorship. That one man was Napoleon Bonaparte. To Napoleon the revolution was not about liberty, it was about vanity, liberty was only a pretext.
The French Revolution was a period of great uproar, and an overturning of power in France between the years of 1789 and 1799. Liberalism rose directly out of the Enlightenment period and was not based on a Christian world-view of God and man, which saw man as a fallen creature needing redemption but, rather, was based on the humanist view which considered man to be basically good-natured. Liberals traced the world's problems, not to man's fallen nature but, rather, to the oppression of controlling monarchs. The two main ideas within liberalism at this time were, firstly, the replacement of monarchies with a more representative form of government and, secondly, the secularization of society. Liberals believed that monarchs were suppressing the people and were not giving them the freedom that they deserved to shape and rule their own society. Peaceful attempts to influence monarchs to relinquish their hold on power had not achieved the kind of results that liberals were seeking. Consequently, many, perhaps, were willing to advocate and participate in violent revolution.
The second principle of liberalism was the secularization of society. Liberals had a tremendous hatred for Christianity and for ecclesiastical authority. Revolutionary representative,
Denis Diderot, said “Man will only be free when the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.” Liberals wanted a society where Christianity would have no voice or influence. They were willing to chop off heads to achieve this.
What happened to the French Revolution and how did it end? The revolution became more and more radical. The most notorious leader within it was Maximilian Robespierre. This cold and insanely bloodthirsty leader was a driving force in the increasing radicalization of the revolution. The leadership of the revolution began even turning upon itself. Girondins were being arrested and tried as traitors. To try to curb the assassination frenzy, Robespierre himself was made to stand before the tribunal. He was condemned and guillotined in July of 1794. In the final stages of the revolution, moderate Jacobins gained control and established a new government which they called the Directory. The Directory continued for a time, only to be overthrown by a rising star within the French military. His name was Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon established a government called the Consulat. However, within the Consulat, full executive authority was given to Napoleon himself.
Who were the Illuminati and what was their connection to the French Revolution and Liberalism?Historically, the first use of the term “Illuminati” was the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on May 1, 1776. It came out of Bavaria, which today would be a part of Germany. The society's goals were to counteract religious influence and oppose religious public expression. It also claimed to oppose abuses of state power. In Bavaria, Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria, outlawed the Illuminati, Freemasonry and other secret societies. Ocultic secret societies today embrace the history of the Illuminati and use the name for themselves.
It has long been believed that the Illuminati had a significant influence on the French Revolution itself. Was the Illuminati masonic? Technically, no. However, its founder Adam Weishaupt was familiar with masonry and, in some ways, patterned his secret society after masonic ones. Adam Weishaupt is believed to have influenced government ministers, educators, the press, authors and philosophers, booksellers and publishers, and religious leaders who belonged to the masonic lodges of Germany, Austria, and France. A network of masonry fed these beliefs to other leaders in France. It is noteworthy how similar Weishaupt's views were with that of the French Revolution, namely secularizing society, opposing Christian expression and opposing monarchy.
The French Revolution claimed to be pure Liberalism. In its beginnings it extolled the ideal of freedom. People loved the idea that their lives could be made more free. The masses drank it up. However, with this big gulp of liberal freedom, they were also drinking down rationalism, humanism and secularism. As things progressed, somehow the freedom part of the picture, which the masses thought was the main part, eluded them. It never really materialized. Instead of the revolution opening up into a utopia society where everyone was more free, it opened up into a bloodbath.
In order to establish liberalism in the earth, the guillotine was flying day and night. There needed to be a “Terror.” French Revolutionary and mason, Bertrand Barère exclaimed on 5 September 1793 in the Convention: "Let's make terror the order of the day!"In February 1794, Robespierre also declared in a speech the necessity of terror:
If the basis of popular government in peacetime is virtue, the basis of popular government during a revolution is both virtue and terror; virtue, without which terror is baneful; terror, without which virtue is powerless. Terror is nothing more than speedy, severe and inflexible justice; it is thus an emanation of virtue; it is less a principle in itself, than a consequence of the general principle of democracy, applied to the most pressing needs of the patrie [homeland, fatherland].
The terror that was created was an intolerable threat and burden to the common people who just wanted to be free. There had to be a revolution to overthrow the revolution. What did the liberal terror transition into?Jacobins gained control and established a new government which they called the Directory. This then overturned into a one man dictatorship under Napoleon. That is when liberalism had run its full course.
Today Liberalism is a popular political ideology in the world. It is a popular ideology in Canada. In the twentieth century, the Liberals held power of the Canadian Federal government for almost 70 years. This is record-setting for all developed countries. The twenty-first century has also been, and is also now, governed by liberal prime ministers such as Paul Martin and Justin Trudeau.
Where will Liberal rule take us? Will the globalistic, and secularistic ideology of liberalism one day form a one world government under the rule of one dictator, the anti-Christ, that persecutes Christians? I recall a wise man once saying that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
Secret Societies: Illuminati, Freemasons, and the French Revolution Paperback – January 1, 2007by Una Birch (Author), James Wasserman (Editor)Publisher: Nicolas Hays (January 2007)