The first deliberate use of mass media to control a society

Vexillum Immaculatae

June 13, 2016                                                                                                                                        The Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua

I was reading Jacques Crétineau-Joly’s marvelous though sadly never translated into English work L’Église Romaine en Face de la Revolution from 1859 about the disastrous calamities in Europe that both caused and resulted from the French Revolution and I came across a fascinating passage about the state of France between 1789 and the massacres of the fall of 1792 (translation and italics mine):

In each city there exists a (political) club…

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