Of course the French revolution was brutal rather than pretty. The degree to which we want to allege that others are brutal will also depend on our own sense of instilled normality and feelings of self-righteousness. I think the problem with the contemporary left is that they imagine a world without brutality whilst at the same time being often quite brutal themselves. For instance, if you forbid someone to mourn their lost past or their dead, you are extracting a great deal of blood from them. I mean quite literally that the person who harbors tremendous grief but has been denied legimation in the social sphere may die prematurely. It’s very stressful on the body and soul to walk around with such feelings of immense denial of one’s basic human emotions.