On this date back in 1789, a nation of people, yearning to be free, stormed the symbol of their oppression, the Bastille.
These people were tired of being dictated to, not by a monarchy, but by an plutocracy that was headed by a monarch: told what to think, told what to eat, told what to do, told what to accept.
The people paid heavily taxes while the aristocracy and cronies thereof paid next to nothing towards the upkeep of the nation.
The nation had spent its way into bankruptcy on the backs of wars declared unilaterally by the ruling class, supporting "revolution" by people in countries that had nothing to do with their daily lives.
The people were ganged up on by the two largest economic forces of their day: the government, and the church.
The church imposed faith above science.
The people were hurt badly by climatic change that created famine, pestilence and widespread poverty.
The upper classes engaged in conspicuous consumption even as the people starved and worked harder than ever paying more in tithes and taxes than they had ever before.
The middle class resented the relative poverty in which even they lived as compared to their peers in other nations who *gasp* had national health care!
The people resented the oppression and limitation of even responsible opposing viewpoints, which were deemed anti-patriotic.
Toujours les memes choses, eh?