Before the Americans get their Declaration of Independence inthe British led the way with the Magna Cartathe Petition of Right and the English Bill of Rights, documents that reasserted the rights of subjects against the arbitrary rule of kings, like the Stuart tyrants of the seventeenth century.
Yes, Freedom still lives. The French Revolution also influenced U. Government is thus a tool to reach a future goal -- improving man. In contrast to the American symbol of liberty, the Liberty Bell, we have the French symbol of liberty, the guillotine.
However, the French Revolution was about who should rule at home. But the conception and principles of the French Revolution lived on to gain new vigor. In all this lies my assertion: the Freedom established by the American Revolution has been losing the struggle against the Counter-Revolution.
For France, which with 26 million inhabitants in was the most populated country of Europe, the problem was most acute. The American Revolution was the first.
Then, in the late 18th century two momentous revolutions destroyed this balance, triggered a great battle between the State and Freedom. Unlike the American Revolution, whose philosophical ancestors were the English liberals, the French Revolution was fundamentally fathered by the French radical philosophers, especially Jean Jacques Rousseau, and inherited the faith in reason engendered by The Enlightenment.
As for the literary contribution, France gave the world a Declaration of Rights, a claim to entitlements, grounded in human reason; the American founding fathers gave their people a Declaration of Independence, a declaration of responsibility, grounded in self-evident truths.
It all depends on democratic peoples understanding that the American Revolution is dying from a possibly malignant cancer - the statism of the neo-French revolutionaries - and in one form or another, domestic or foreign, it threatens us.
To put this into the current political framework, we have here the opposition between Leftists and Freedomists.