…maybe even Enjolras himself, thinking about his revolution.
I’m reading “Towards A More Human World” by Leonardo Polo (translated by Dr. Paul Dumol) for my Economic History class, and some of the points in the text are igniting all my 1832 July Rebellion feels.
For example, this statement: “Politics has become old, and since we cannot avoid it, an open future demands that we find a new politics.” (I can just imagine Enjolras nodding fervently as he reads that.)
Or, Polo on Machiavelli:
The path to the new social order, he says, is dangerous to manage. Not only is success unsure, but the course begun can end in a goal distinct from what one desired, and this as much because of the interference of factors extrinsic to change, as, above all, because one does not have a sufficiently clear idea of the new order.
I can’t help thinking that Enjolras would have understood that statement in particular, as he battled the uncertainty of planning a revolution. I mean, you can essentially sum that up in “Red and Black,” when he goes–“It is time for us all to decide who we are…Have you asked of yourselves what’s the price you might pay? Is this simply a game for rich young boys to play? The colors of the world are changing day by day!”
Finally, Polo on The French Revolution (a dead-ringer section if there ever was one):
The risky management of change is due to the fact that one does not know the means and the objective is not too clear either. The new order is merely sketched. No anticipation of a future order is exact. For example, some sociologists say that what the French Revolution attempted, to eliminate the order of social classes, was not achieved, since present-day French society has strong class features (the truth is that in this case the intention of the Jacobins coincided, curiously, with Louis XIV’s).
This one may have incited mixed feelings in the revolutionary leader. Mais, it would have still been food for thought.
I’m supposed to write a paper on all of this with the following requirements:
- Give summary outline of the main ideas or framework Polo uses, to analyze the present state of development in the world
- • Compare and contrast with the views from The Economist:
Instead, I’m tempted to just ask my professor if I can relate themes from Hugo’s Les Misérables, as well as the musicale/film, with my own insights on human and social progress?
(Essentially, I’m asking him to let me live out my Barricade feels and be all Enjolras-y with this paper. Vive l’avenir!)
I’m only on page six of the reading, so I’m guessing there will be more feels to come. I may propose my Les Misérables idea to my professor tomorrow. He’s pretty open about my crazy ideas, so he may let me try out this one…although my paper may stretch beyond the prerequisite maximum of three. If he doesn’t, I may just write another reflection blog, like I did with my piece on Rilke.