The Universality of the Egalitarian Revolution

August 16, 2018

By Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira

Photo by Iwilltellyou

Many people falter in face of the universality of the egalitarian Revolution.* When they see, for example, American egalitarianism, they find it funny. How many Brazilians that visit the United States find it picturesque that they no longer have domestic help there. When we warn that the same is going to happen here they protest that our Constitution and structures are different, that we are Latin countries. They do not perceive that by applauding this, they are already introducing it here.

A ceremony of the new Republican Religion of Reason inside the Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, 1793.

In addition, many could also think: “That kind of equality was possible in Russia, but it will not work with Brazilians.” These positions are easily proven false when we have historical examples and arguments at hand. It suffices to say that people’s attitudes were the same when the French Revolution was spreading. Great numbers of people sustained that the French Revolution would never leave France, but it wound up spreading throughout the world. Protestantism, with the spirit of free interpretation, penetrated the whole world, but they said,  “It will never penetrate Spain.” The result is that today Spain is flooded with liberalism. This Revolution tends to conquer all peoples, all fields of human life, and all places.

Supporters of Abortion in Spain, holding a sign “because I decide”. El tren de la libertad (The Freedom Train) was a movement in defense of the sexual and reproductive rights of women. In late 2013, the conservative-led Spanish government proposed dramatically restricting access to abortion in the country, but on February 1st, 2014, this group hosted a massive demonstration in Madrid calling for the withdrawal of the preliminary draft of the abortion law presented by Justice Minister Alberto Ruíz Gallardón and demanding his resignation, as well as defending the existing law, which had been in use since 2010. Photo by Bego Moratinos.

I would also like to formulate this for another group of people who think that egalitarianism can penetrate the State but not the Church. We need to know how to refute this in light of this principle. The Revolution is inexorable; it penetrates Church, State, society, and private life. Its capacity for expansion is like that of gases. It fills everything.

Perhaps none of his works, however, has had such a profound impact as the essay, Revolution and Counter-Revolution, translated into the world’s major languages.

* The word Revolution is used here in the sense given it by Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira in his book, Revolution and Counter-Revolution.




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