Posts Tagged ‘Barras’

Napoleon was a hired gun

Paul François Jean Nicolas, vicomte de Barras, was a nonentity who had a major role in the French Revolution. In 1794, he came out of nowhere, took charge of the Convention and sent all the mad dogs including Robespierre to the guillotine. The Terror ended just as suddenly as it had started, and again the people had no say.


With the Convention wiped out, the Directoire took over. Barras, an aristocrat who had suddenly become extremely wealthy and powerful, had obviously been paid to get a hired gun to get rid of the Royalists. After Barras handed over his mistress Josephine to the love-struck Napoleon, it was obvious that Bonaparte was the chosen one. When the latter proceeded to gun down a number of Royalists in front of St. Roch Church, the deal was sealed.


Bonaparte grew in stature, and Barras simply stepped aside. The first thing Emperor Napoleon did was hammer through the Civil Code and put Prefects in charge of the newly-created Departments with the help of the dreaded Fouché police. France had become the police state that it is today.


All told, Napoleon did a great job. Under his watch, the Holy Roman Empire was defeated at Austerlitz, France was transformed into a centralist state, the French Navy was destroyed at Aboukir and Trafalgar, while the Imperial Army was annihilated during the Russian campaign and at Waterloo. As a political and financial power, the Church of Rome no longer existed.


In France, the Royalists fought back hard—there were three more revolutions—but they ran out of steam and finally capitulated with the passing of the Constitutional Laws in 1875. The Rothschilds had taken control of the Bank of England and the world of finance as early as 1810, but it had taken them almost seventy years to get the Ancien Regime to cry uncle.


French Revolution was a sham

In 1792,France had a Constitutional Monarchy and most Provinces had elected representatives. The political situation resembled very much that of England, so why the Terror later on that year?


That summer, France celebrated Federation Day and the whole population, from the lowly peasant to the sophisticated aristocrat, was happy. It’s probably the only time in all their history that the French were genuinely proud and happy as a people.


A little later that year, contrary to all common sense, the people working out of the Paris City Hall hired thugs to go and kill inmates in selected prisons, hospitals, and asylums of the Capital. The workers would go out in the morning, come back to get paid at night, and would repeat the process the next day. It’s obvious that someone wanted to stop the Constitutional Monarchy dead in its tracks. The blood kept flowing for a couple of years, and the great majority of those guillotined were ordinary folk, innocent of all crime. The only purpose of the Terror was to have blood flowing and scare the hell out of the aristocrats who for the most part fled the country. Their properties were then seized and sold at auction and the people who bought the properties with counterfeit assignats later sold them for real money and became insanely rich.


In 1794, a fellow called Barras, the ‘scumbag king’, came along and had all the mad dogs guillotined, and the Terror ended just as suddenly as it had started. The French Revolution wasn’t a popular movement; very powerful people had made it happen.

%d bloggers like this: