Victor Hugo on Rich and Poor

This is another meme I found over on the Tumblr site, 1000 Natural Shocks. It’s by the great French novelist, Victor Hugo. I think it was Hugo, who wrote the book on which the musical Les Miserables is based. He was a passionate liberal, and I believe at one point he fell out with the government so much that he was exiled to the Channel Islands, away from his native France, for his views.

Victor Hugo Meme

If you want to see the original, it’s at http://greybeard55.tumblr.com/image/137848691275. Please note – it’s an over 18 site.

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5 Responses to “Victor Hugo on Rich and Poor”

  1. Invisible Mikey Says:

    Hugo was not a liberal in the modern sense of the word. We classify his works as reflective of liberal philosophy, even though it wouldn’t have been called that in his lifetime. It’s difficult for us to imagine the politics of times so far removed. Political parties were a new concept, not yet a tradition, and it was a chaotic time in France immediately after the Revolution. Hugo lived through the changes from France having “benign dictators” (the Napoleons), to being a Republic. His politics evolved over time from being a royalist (supporter of monarchy) to being a republican (supporter of rule by the people). He was elected to the French Parliament as a conservative. His novels reflect a deep concern for issues of social justice, but these themes were equally important across the political spectrum in the past.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Thanks for that, Invisible Mikey. I’m not an expert of Hugo, so this is interesting.

      • Invisible Mikey Says:

        Glad to have been able to contribute. I love history, but I’m no expert either. I read Hugo for the first time as a kid just because I found out he and I had the same birthday.

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  3. sdbast Says:

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

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