Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Was Hilaire Belloc a liberal?

Ite ad Thomas has the links to the arguments presented at Tradition in Action, which I would not deem to be a reliable website for "traditional" Catholicism. A copy of Belloc's The French Revolution has been put online by Google. (LibriVox, Project Gutenberg) How does his history compare with Toqueville's? I remember starting Belloc's history, but I never got past the introduction -- I did flinch at what seemed to be a positive appraisal of modern French republicanism. I should re-examine Belloc's republicanism/political theory--I would be shocked if someone who should be so critical of the modern nation-state would nonetheless accept one form of it as being an ideal.

Thought and Action: Belloc and the French Revolution

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