Excerpt from The Annual Register, or a View of the History, Politics, and Literature: For the Year 1792
Metaphysicians, geometers, and astronomers, applied the compasses of abstraction to human passions, propensities, and habits the minds of men were alienated from kings, and became enamoured of political philosophy. The old government of France was completely subverted religion and morality were equally despised dominion was gra dually transferred, from well meaning men, perhaps, to bad - from bad to worse 3 and the maxim. Of the noble phi losopher, statesman, and historian of Rome was inverted A bloody anarchy was erected on the ruinsof social subordi nation. The ruling party, armed at once with enthusiasm, and a command of the finance and whole property of the nation, trampled on the rights of their fellow-citizens, and held the law of nations and foreign treaties in derision. In the pretended pursuit of liberty, they violated all regard to humanity. The lawswere without force; innocence without protection obscurity and indigence, or a participation in crimes, the only safety. The destructive infection of this attempt to reduce what is called the modern philosophyinto practice, spread rapidly abroad before the effects of the fa tal experiment were known at home: and it would be dif ficult to.determine whether the progress of the evil was more forwarded by the ill-judged exertions of individu als, whether by political writers, statesmen, or sovereign princes, to oppose it, - or, by the impunity with which it had 'been suffered, in its commencement, to prevail in France, and to extend to every country in Europe.
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