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Daemon
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Louis XIV of France (1638)

The "Sun King," Louis XIV, ruled France for 72 years, longer than any other major European monarch. A strong believer in dictatorship by divine right, he viewed himself as God's representative on Earth and became the archetype of the absolute monarch, reigning over a highly centralized state. He waged several wars, built one of Europe's most elaborate palaces at Versailles, and was a great patron of the arts. What is the meaning of "L'état, c'est moi," a remark long attributed to Louis? More...
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The meaning of that sentence is: "I am the state".
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I've always read of him from the Austrian and Prussian perspectives, making him seem like a monster. But he was a great leader.
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Louis XIV brought France to its peak of absolute power and his words 'L'etat c'est moi' ('I am the state') express the spirit of a rule in which the king held all political authority. His absolutism brought him into conflict with the Huguenots and the papacy, with damaging repercussions.

It is exactly the opposite of "of the people, for the people and by the people", which is how the founding fathers of the US defined our government.



http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/people_n2/persons6_n2/louis.html
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"...Louis XIV, ruled France for 72 years, longer than any other major European monarch. A strong believer in dictatorship by divine right, he viewed himself as God's representative on Earth and became the archetype of the absolute monarch...." And could this attitude also be attributed to the X-President G.W. Bush??? More lies, deaths, destruction and pedophile rapes have been committed by these, "self anointed" pseudo-Christian leaders, then by any other individuals with the exception of Hitler...
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