The Great Minds Of The Enlightenment Era

1042 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
Atifete Jahjaga, the fourth President of Kosovo states, “When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is debate, there are solutions. When there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation.” At the beginning of the Enlightenment the free market of ideas was open, opinions were appreciated, but most of all, the basic human rights of all people were safe. That all changed at the beginning of the French Revolution. During this time, many people abused their government 's power, and often contradicted their own beliefs. Despite the blatant betrayal of the beliefs of the Enlightenment by the Committee of Public Safety, the inspiration driving the National Assembly and Napoleonic era were the original ideas of the great minds of the Enlightenment era.

During its reign, the Committee of Public Safety, born of the National Convention, abused its power in many ways, resulting in death and corruption of not only the French government, but the minds of the French people. The Committee of Public Safety blatantly abandoned the purpose for which it was created. The Committee of Public Safety was “created to fight enemies of the revolution” (Doc. 30). While The Committee of Public Safety did fight, they hurt the revolution more than helped it. By giving the revolution a bad face, The Committee not only “[cracked] down on rebels”, but also the heart and soul of the revolution by distorting…
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