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right and left

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The aristocracy deputies in 1789 were the first to abolish their own privileges! I'm surprised to see them qualified as conservative. Most of them served the Revolution and fought faithfully in its armies. Many fled from France also, but the first ones to criticize the King and his policy had been the nobles, in 1787-89. See Maurice Lever about the father of the Marquis de Sade, le comte de Sade. I've been taught that Left and Right as political words were born during the French Restauration (our national MacDo), in the years 1814-1830. For the first time real elections were made and the aristocracy, turned very right wing, became the Right at that time. I may be wrong.