Democracy at Versailles


 

This statue on the facade of Chateau Versailles represents democracy. Why snakes? Obviously because they are the closest to the ground, unless we could show her holding a few worms. But then we wouldn’t be able to see them from below; hence, the snakes.

Furthermore, these creatures comment on the lowly nature of the democratic government, the government which is vicious both internally and externally; although, I am not sure how a democracy would differ from a monarchy externally: on the outside all the democracies have the same imperial institutions.

 And then again, the democracy has quite a few of the imperial institutions on the inside as well; consequently, we return to a more general conviction that it does not aspire to anything above the most basic needs and so is to be associated with everything primary in human condition.

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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