Pressure Groups, Unions, Leagues, Creeds and Causes

  • Philip Ouston


This law of 1791, inspired by the anti-feudal philosophy of the French Revolution, expressly prohibited all corporate organisations in an intermediary position between the state and the private citizen:

No doubt all citizens must be allowed the right of assembly; but citizens exercising a particular profession cannot be allowed to assemble in defence of what they claim to be their common interests. The state no longer admits any kind of corporation, but only the particular interests of each individual and the general interest. No one is allowed to inspire citizens with any intermediary interest, to estrange them from the common weal through corporate loyalties.1


Trade Union Pressure Group French Revolution General Strike Popular Front 
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