A class structure based on injustice fueled a revolution. At this time, the French society was divided into a class structure in which nobility and members of the church had more rights than regular citizens. They had more money and more power. The French government was in financial trouble partly because they helped fund the American Revolution and partly because of the spending the king was doing. The burden for dealing with this debt came in the form of taxes on the "average" citizen. During the French Revolution, people fought for equality rights. The Declaration of the Rights of Man was signed on August 26th, 1789. The French Revolution was an attempt to transform a society using liberal principles. The principles of liberalism that were included in the Declaration of the Rights of Man were the rule of law, individual rights and freedoms, private property, economic freedom and self-interest. The Declaration is as follows: "men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions may be founded only upon the general good", "The aim of all political association is the preservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of man. These rights are liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression...", "Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else; hence the exercise of the natural rights of each man has no limits except those which assure to the other members of the society the enjoyment of the same rights. These limits can only be determined by law", "Law is the expression of the general will. Every citizen has a right to participate personally, or through his representative, in its foundation. It must be the same for all, whether it protects or punishes. All citizens being equal in the eyes of the law, are equally eligible to all dignities and to all public positions and occupations, according to their abilities, and without distinction except that of their virtues and talents..", and "The free communication of ideas and opinions is one of the most precious of the rights of man. Every citizen may, accordingly, speak, write, and print with freedom, but shall be responsible for such abuses of this freedom as shall be defined by law.."