The Ancien Règime **

...only to be replaced by the incoherence of dashed hope and violent change. If you look at the European Union, which seems to embrace all that incoherently bureaucratic à la Française - administratively speaking, you see the reality of "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose."
We seem to be traveling that direction, now.

Posted by Jewel at August 3, 2011 11:24 AM

The replacement of robber barons, dukes, counts and princes by a government class that does it all For Your Own Good™ is the essence of Progress.

Posted by Fearless Ferenc at August 4, 2011 4:49 AM