Hilaire Belloc was an apologist for the French Revolution.
Belloc and the French Revolution
Yes, if one wants to understand Belloc's ridicule of conspiracy theory, then his misapprehension of the theoretical principles of the French Revolution is the place to start. (ie, the key to understanding his motivations, his sympathies, his prejudices)
The truth is that the Declaration of Rights of Man is a rejection of the Social Reign of Christ the King,
10. No one should be disturbed on account of his opinions, even religious, provided their manifestation does not upset the public order established by law.
The "church" is said to have had its "1789" (Cardinal Ratzinger virtually said the Church was being updated with such principles, of course, such an updating is impossible) with the publication of documents like Dignitatis Humanae
. I will mention this plank of the Declaration of the Rights of Man first first since this one is highly relevant to the SSPX. (at least what that mission used to be, before it was hijacked)
There is absolutely no mention of Our Lord in the the Declaration of Rights of Man. Implicit in that is the rejection of the Christian state, this in a monarchy whose King had the title "Most Christian"
4. Liberty consists in the power to do anything that does not injure others; accordingly, the exercise of the rights of each man has no limits except those that secure the enjoyment of these same rights to the other members of society. These limits can be determined only by law.
It would therefore follow that giving offense to God is part of this "Liberty." This is of course a false view of liberty, the belief that everything is permitted that does not hurt others, without regard to the rights of God, without regard to morality based on Divine Law, but only on the liberal conceptions of liberty and equality.
16. Any society in which the guarantee of the rights is not secured, or the separation of powers not determined, has no constitution at all.
This principle denies the legitimacy of all other states in which the liberal principles are not fully accepted. This principle has caused some of the most terrible bloodshed of fratricidal European wars.