Back in the day, before twitter, before blogging, before Google and before Gopher, even before the very Innernecks themselves, Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La BrÃ¨de et de Montesquieu thought deep thoughts about government and the human condition. A republic, he thought, would be founded on virtue, despotism on fear. It was Montesquieu’s philosophy that “government should be set up so that no man need be afraid of another.”
Montesquieu was an independently wealthy aristocrat, able to bring his thoughts to print and to propagate memes in the local coffee houses with the best of them. It is not known whether or not he wore a beret.