20 years before the french revolution, Marat wrote the chains of slavery in England where he attacks the tyranny of the princes.

The French Revolution



Jean Paul Marat Medal

Jean Paul Marat

The Life of Jean Paul Marat

A complete Biography of Marat, written by E. B. Bax, based on the work of Bougeart and Chevremont.

The Chains of Slavery

An address to the electors of Great Britain

Part 1

Of the Power of Time.
Of Public Entertainments.
Of Public Enterprises.
Of gaining the Affections and Confidence of the Subjects.
Of the Pomp of Power.
To abase the People.
Of the Fine Arts and Sciences.
Of corrupting the People.
Of procuring Opulence.
Of Luxury.
To cherish the People's Avarice.
Of Debauchery.
False Ideas of Liberty.
Of getting Creatures.
Of rooting out the Love of Glory.
Of encouraging Servility.
Of turning virtuous Men out of Places.
Of disuniting the People.

Part 2

Of multiplying the Tools of Power
Of placing corrupted Men at the Helm.
Of securing the Tools of Power from the Sword of Justice.
Of filling the Courts of Judicature with corrupted Men.
Of secret Practices.
Of making Innovations.
Of disarming the Subjects.
Of providing for the Pay of the Military.
Of Acts of Power against the Law, and of Judgements of Law against Liberty.
Of Unconcernedness
To wear out the Zeal of the People by false Alarms.
Of ill grounded Writings.
Of Satirical Writings.
Of Invectives.
Of bad writings.
Of too great a Multiplicity of Writings.
Of the excessive Moderation of the People.
Of concealing public Grievances.
Of preventing the Redress of public Grievances.
Of the Artifices made use of in order to suppress public Clamours.

Part 3

Of the Hypocrisy of Princes.
Of Ignorance.
False Idea of Tyranny.
Of Superstition.
Of the Confederacy between Princes and Priests.
Fruitless Efforts of the People

Part 4

Of Treachery.
Constant Pursuit of the same Designs
Of Corrupting the Legislature
Of the want of Spirit and Steadiness in the Reprensentatives to oppose ministerial Attempts
Of preventing Insurrections,.
Of suppressing those Offices which share Power.
To incapacitate the People from attempting any Insurrection.
Of accustoming the People to military Expeditions.
Of securing the Fidelity of the Army.
To secure the military from civil Power.
To inspire the Military with Contempt for the Citizens.
Of Usury, Exactions, and Extortions.
To undermine the Supreme Authority.
To usurp Supreme Power.

Part 5

Of violent Measures.
Inconsiderations and Folly of the People.

Part 6

Of Flattery
The Subjects forge their own Chains.
Of Despotism.
Of the Fear of Torments.

see also: The french edition of 1791 (in french, of course)

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The French Revolution


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