“Justification for the Use of Terror” Web QuestionsPosted: June 27, 2012
Below please find several questions on “Justification for the Use of Terror,” a speech by the Jacobin leader Maximilien Robespierre made in February 1794, as the Reign of Terror was picking up momentum. Your classmate, Samantha Bryant, wrote these questions.
1) Robespierre contends, “If the spring of popular government in time of peace is virtue, the springs of popular government in revolution are at once virtue and terror…” For what reasons does Robespierre link the concepts of terror and virtue?
2) What does Robespierre mean when he say, “love of country necessarily includes the love of equality”? And what is he attempting to convey when he says that “the love of country presupposes or produces all the virtues”?