Your charge that I'm a collectivist utilitarian who demands bloody sacrifice for the good of the state is ludicrous. The logic of my point about the bloodiness of most of the world's conservative societies and of the French Revolution is a reductio ad absurdum of the conservative's horror for the latter revolution.

Your point about the peaceful revolution in Britain only dodged the logic of that point. The logic is a case of arithmetic. Take the approximate death toll of the French Revolution. Do you have a rough estimate in mind? Good. Now compare that number to the rough total of all the people the British monarchy had to enslave, oppress, torture, or kill to maintain its "stability." Naturally, you'll need to factor in the wartime killings, when the British kings expanded their territory or defended against foreign monarchies, since all monarchies are in the same boat in contrast to the progressive revolution in question.

Again, it's an ocean of blood compared to a pin prick. Therefore, when Burke or any other conservative condemns the French Revolution for its violence and for the human cost of its chaos, you'll forgive me if I decline to credit that criticism with having much humanitarian merit.

That's not to say the liberal or socialist alternatives are utopian. Just in my last article, "Democratizing Decadence: From Monarch to Liberated Everyman," I argue on conservative grounds that the dominance hierarchy may effectively quarantine the corrosive effects of social dominance by centralizing political power. Once power is democratized, the masses feel entitled to live like kings, so we have a massive boost to consumerism which threatens the world's ecosystems.

Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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