In an observation with unfortunate resonance with our own historical moment, Stael concludes that "son plan, pour parvenir a dominer la France, se fonda sur trois bases principales: contenter les interets des hommes aux depens de leurs vertus, depraver
l'opinion par des sophismes, et donner a la nation pour but la guerre au lieu de la liberte" (365) ["his scheme for arriving at the dominion of France rested upon three principal bases--to satisfy men's interests at the expense of their virtues, to deprave public opinion by sophisms, and to give the nation war for an object instead of liberty" (441)].
Victim Culture, Outsider Art and Depravers
were brutally delivered, but it was on Frank's old material the new singer really shone.
51) Henry Parker, in his Discourse concerning Puritans (1641), complained of the crudity of attacks on Puritans by the Laudian clergy, which encouraged the common people ("the vulgar") to spread about monstrous calumnies concerning the Puritans: "Neither could this audacity be so prevalent amongst the vulgar, but that Scholars, and the greatest of the Clergie are now become the most injurious detesters and depravers
of Puritans, having taken up in Pulpits and Presses, almost as vile and scurrilous a licence of fiction and detraction, as is usuall in Play-houses, Taverns, and Bordelloes.