Monthly Archives: December 2005

Electing To Fight

Napoleon III to the liberal Austrian Archduke Maximillian, after he was installed by force as the Mexican Emperor by the French in 1864:

“A country torn by anarchy cannot be regenerated to parliamentary liberty. What is needed in Mexico is a liberal dictatorship; that is to say, a strong power which shall proclaim the great principles of modern civilisation, such as equality before the law, civil and religious liberty, an upright administration, an equitable judicial procedure.”