James Gillray, The Tree of Liberty, May 1798 (click on image to enlarge; source, Lancaster University's "Age of Reason, Age of Revolution" coursepage). Cited in Gillray's Ungloomy Morality by Theodore Dalyrymple in City Journal, 2002:
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Of two trees, the one in the background, called Justice, has abundant green foliage; its two main branches, labeled Laws and Religion, bear healthy fruit called Happiness, Freedom, and Security. The tree in the foreground, called Opposition, is dead and without foliage, as if blasted by lightning; its two main branches are Rights of Man and Profligacy. From its lesser branches hang rotten, reddish-golden apples, each with a bite taken out of it, labeled with such temptations as Democracy, Conspiracy, and Revolution. Down the tree slithers a green snake ending in the jowly head, with its Nixonian stubble, of the radical Whig leader, Charles James Fox, holding out to the figure of John Bull an apple labeled Reform. “Nice apple, Johnny—nice apple!” says Fox. But the real meaning of the temptation is evident from the red revolutionary bonnet of liberty, from which the Fox-serpent’s tail emerges, and from the difference in the roots of the two trees: those of the Tree of Justice being the Commons, King, and Lords of the established British constitution, those of the Tree of Opposition being Envy, Ambition, and Disappointment, the discreditable emotions that are, by implication, the true motives behind French revolutionary radicalism, rather than supposed love of the beautiful abstractions with which the rotten fruit of the Tree of Opposition is marked.
The inclusion of The Rights of Man on the discreditable branches of the Tree of Liberty, along with Profligacy, are explained by the utility to which the two are enjoined to wantonly propagate the bastard children of "rights" in a common assault upon the enjoyment of natural rights and the decency of human beings. See From stiff upper lip to clenched jaws from Dalrymple in The Australian, May 6, 2006:
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WHAT a human catastrophe is the doctrine of human rights! Not only does it give officialdom an excuse to insinuate itself into the fabric of our lives but it has a profoundly corrupting effect on youth, who have been indoctrinated into believing that until such rights were granted (or is it discovered?) there was no freedom.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Posted by MapMaster on Sunday, May 14, 2006