Monday, July 29, 2019

The Truth About The Enlightenment Project

The ideas of reason, individualism, liberty, and humanism are the four "masks" of the Enlightenment Project which was spearheaded by the 18th century French philosophes. The purpose of these masks was to conceal the true nature of the project from the masses. What lay underneath the masks was something much more radical and revolutionary: the Enlightenment Project envisaged a crushing down of every landmark of culture; the philosophes dreamed of political movements that would sweep across the land like a plague of locusts and devour all the philosophies of the past, and every political and religious institution; once the past was erased, they believed, the work would begin for creating a new world order. The French Revolution of 1789 and the Soviet Revolution of 1917 can be seen as an outcome of the ideas and ambitions of the Enlightenment philosophes.

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