Peasants make up 96% of the total population of France, yet the nobility, clergy and ultimately the monarchy have total control over the affairs and lives of the Third Estate, and they only make up 4% of the rest of the population. The peasants have no voice in the politics of the class system, and are kept in poverty, barely able to make a living. After several harsh winters resulting in major flooding in parts of the country as well as intense droughts that have destroyed crops, the people are starving, but the aristocracy has done little to aid them. Instead, the nobles empty the coffers for their own personal use and lord their power over the lower class.
It is the people who should be in charge of their own affairs, not a small percentage at the top; serfs pay 75% of their income as taxes to the higher classes, and they are given nothing in return. Where does their money go? It goes into the hands of the aristocracy, to line their pockets for their own personal expenses. As the wealthy look on, the masses are slowly starving; the tax collectors still demand the 75% tax rates for all peasants, but they have no more left to give. They now cannot even provide for themselves and their families, let alone pay taxes to the King. [continues]
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