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French history lesson

Gerald has posted a very in-depth commentary by F.P. Barbieri on recent and not-so-recent French history as well as a rather sweeping indictment of some of the comments by Abp. Marcel Lefebvre, founder of (F)SSPX. One reason I bring this up is that it is so fundamentally different from the view given in all the history courses I took growing up, including one called “Modern European History” whose focus was primarily on getting us to the French Revolution so that we might realize that this was the epitome of civilization. One does wonder…why, if that conclusion is so iron-clad, is any discussion of an alternative interpretation of history so quickly discouraged and roundly condemned? A surprise? I think not…

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