Storming of The Bastille, Jean-Pierre Houël

Mourn Bastille Day

July 14, 2023


Today, July 14, is Bastille Day. It is the anniversary of the day in 1789 when French commoners stormed the Bastille prison fortress in Paris in a brazen challenge to the monarchy, marking the explosive beginning of the French Revolution. Bastille Day is celebrated in France to this day—think of it as a Gallic Fourth of July—and in several U.S. cities. But is the start of the French Revolution worth celebrating?

Elad Vaida is a staff writer for Common Sense Society.

Originally published in The American Conservative.

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