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Why They Resist

by MAXIMILIEN ROBESPIERRE

The most extravagant idea that can be born in the head of a political
thinker is to believe that it suffices for people to enter, weapons in
hand, among a foreign people and expect to have its laws and
constitution embraced. It is in the nature of things that the progress
of Reason is slow and no one loves armed missionaries; the first lesson
of nature and prudence is to repulse them as enemies.

One can encourage freedom, never create it by an invading force.

Signed,
The Incorruptible
Paris, 1791

 

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