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  • France declares war on American free press and blogs!(Us too!)

    01/11/2017 12:06:52 PM PST · by mainestategop · 17 replies
    mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball & Kyle Weissman
    The French government has recently demanded that the United States government and American based net providers of blogging, social media and forums such as wordpress, Twitter, Yahoo, Google and others trash the first amendment and its guarantee of free speech and Freedom of religion and adopt the same totalitarian censorship as the leftist European union. France has made demands to the US that they censor its blogs, posts, and other social media in order to comply with its views of liberalism, multi-culturalism and tolerance. This while having no toleration whatsoever for competing views on traditional values, Christian faith, family values,...
  • What Happened To Integrity?

    07/07/2016 6:00:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | July 7, 2016 | Derek Hunter
    When government officials assume office, we hear a lot about their “great integrity” and “high character.” Maybe the beltway press is working from a different dictionary, but in my 15 years in Washington, I've yet to see it. When was the last time a high-ranking government official resigned in protest or disgust? That's not a rhetorical question. Peter Edelman, a top Health and Human Services bureaucrat, resigned when President Clinton signed welfare reform in the mid-‘90s. But no one in the Clinton administration batted an eye when the president lied to his cabinet officials about his affair with Monica Lewinsky,...
  • Catholics Without a Priest [Catholic Caucus] God's Providence Will Provide

    07/09/2016 8:10:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies ^ | 1801 A.D | Fr. Demaris Professor of Theology Missionary of St. Joseph, at Lyon, France
    Catholics Without a Priest God's Providence Will Provide by Fr. Demaris Professor of Theology Missionary of St. Joseph, at Lyon, France, 1801 Editor's Preface During the French Revolution very many Bishops and priests were martyred for their faith as were many outstanding laymen also martyred. Church property was seized by the Masonic government. That left the people without their priests and without a place to go to Mass and receive the sacraments. It was during that period that a Father Demaris wrote the following letter to the concerned Catholics of his day. At the present time (the year 2004), the...
  • The Vendee Massacre: Europe's forgotten Shoah

    06/15/2016 4:51:27 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 37 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Mainestategop
    An awesome documentary on the Vendee uprising and the massacre of catholics in France in the French Revolution The Vendee is a taboo in France. It is nearly forgotten but thankfully isn't. In 1793, after the execution of Louis XVI, Catholic Farmers in the Vendee region of France revolted against the newly formed godless republic headed by Robbspierre. The response by the newly created republic was monstrous. Over Half a milllion people, men women children and elderly were put to death by the government for opposing it and for promoting Catholic faith. Very few acknowledged its existence, John Paul II...
  • Trump or Cruz: Which Revolution Will it Be?

    11/30/2015 9:00:27 AM PST · by Isara · 281 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | November 30th, 2015 | Steve Deace
    I often come away from the conservative/Christian conferences I’ve attended around the country with the feeling that we’re trying to drive the car by hitting the gas and the brakes at the exact same time. Although I have met many wonderful people at those events, and received no shortage of inspiration from the speeches I have heard, there is also a shadow that looms over everything. This shadow taunts us with visions of an army, whose soldiers run away or whose weapons jam right at the very moment in the fight when resolve and execution matter most. And those shadows...
  • Today is Bastille Day: Here's the outcome of the French Revolution

    07/14/2015 10:33:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | 07/14/2015 | by Dennis Jamison
    <p>One of the most dramatic events in French history was the storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789. This event is now viewed as the spark which set off the French Revolution.</p> <p>This singular event is a public holiday in France: ”Le quatorze juillet” (14 July), formally known as the “Fęte de la Fédération” (Federation Holiday). It is usually referred to as Bastille Day, marking the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, and in France and much of the rest of Europe, it is looked upon with respect and reverence.</p>
  • The Age of Capitalism is Over?

    12/30/2014 10:46:18 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 26 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 12/30/14 | Steve Berman
      Rebecca Solnit wrote in that “The Age of Capitalism is over”.  Oh my, where to start? At the beginning seems a good place as any.  Solnit was thrilled to hold a land auction notice from post-Jacobin France—Thermidorian France for the historically-minded.  Thermidorian France was no more compassionate to live (mostly, to die) in than the Jacobin version which oversaw the execution of tens of thousand civilians, and the wanton destruction of anything associated with Christianity.  This short period in France’s mottled past, from 1795 to 1799, abolished everything other than the whims of its leaders.  And this sent...
  • Obama’s Ideal Revolution [VDH]

    10/09/2014 4:26:20 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/9/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>America’s current revolutionary inspiration seems to derive more from Robespierre than Madison.</p> <p>At the end of the 18th century, there were two great Western revolutions — the American and the French. Americans opted for the freedom of the individual, and divinely endowed absolute rights and values.</p>
  • Rule Of Law vs. Rule Of Man (Larry Schweikart - A Patriot's History of the US)

    08/19/2014 4:24:05 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 14 replies ^ | August 19, 2014 | You Tube
    Video: Beck invited historians David Barton and Larry Schweikart on the program to analyze what America can learn from tumultuous periods of history, and the two repeatedly warned that America is starting to view people as groups, rather than individuals, and doing so has been extremely destructive throughout history. “That’s where France was [in the 18th century] … and that’s why they went through so many revolutions so quickly,” Barton explained. “Whoever won the first revolution, that was the enemy for the second revolution. The second group came in and said, ‘They’re not of our group, we’ve got to get...
  • The Hidden Rebellion: Coming Soon on Film

    04/23/2014 10:40:19 AM PDT · by topher · 7 replies ^ | Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:04 | by Joseph Pronechen
    This factual film under way details the suppressed story of valiant Catholics during the French Revolution. The Hidden Rebellion: Untold Story Behind the French Revolution is a movie in the making. Filming itself is complete, and only the final editing and musical score needs to be added, as anticipation runs high for this true story.
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (1934)

    02/09/2014 11:20:06 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 43 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1934 | Harold Young
  • Tom Paine’s Two Radicalisms - And their consequences—for his era and ours

    11/14/2013 2:01:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2013 | Myron Magnet
    On November 30, 1774, a 37-year-old Englishman—an ex-privateer, ex–corset stay maker, ex–tax collector (fired twice for dereliction of duty), and ex-husband (also twice over)—arrived in Philadelphia with a letter of recommendation from Benjamin Franklin in his pocket. The old philosopher’s praise was understandably restrained. This “ingenious worthy young man,” Franklin wrote, would make a useful “clerk, or assistant tutor in a school, or assistant surveyor.” Four months later, however, the shots that rang out at Lexington and Concord galvanized the newcomer’s hitherto aimless life into focus and purpose. “When the country into which I had just set foot was set...
  • An EWTN Event: Don't Miss "The War of the Vendee"

    09/25/2013 1:54:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies
    EWTN ^ | Michelle Laque Johnson
    Navis Pictures Producer Jim Morlino was looking for a story for his next film when a friend gave him a book with a story about a little known war in an area of Western France known as the Vendee - a story that he believed would be especially compelling to modern day Catholics. "More than just compelling, the magnitude of the story of the French Revolutionary Government's war against the Catholic Church, and the fact that these events were virtually unknown to most of the world, I found shocking," said Morlino. "How could a war which lasted for years,...
  • French Revolution and the triumph of liberal fascism

    09/08/2013 10:04:55 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Renew America ^ | 7Sept13 | Ellis Washington
    For the progressive left, all roads lead to the French Revolution (1789-99) which was the first totalitarian revolution, the genesis of modern totalitarianism, and the spiritual foundation for the Russian Communist, Italian Fascist and German Nazi revolutions. A nationalist-populist rebellion, it was established and controlled by a small intellectual braintrust hellbent on killing God, Christianity, capitalism and objective truth thus devolving Western civilization into a savage society based on a political religion that deified "the people," anointed the revolutionary elites as their priests, and destroyed the rights of individuals. As Robespierre put it, "The people is [sic] always worth more...
  • Napoleon Invented Modern Idea Of Public Relations

    08/07/2013 8:01:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 7, 2013 | Monica Showalter
    Forth In A Series Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Unlike any leader before him, Napoleon Bonaparte engineered his rise to power, almost out of nowhere, not only through military prowess — but also through his mastery of propaganda to stir the public. "What strikes one almost immediately is the depth to which Bonaparte understood the art of propaganda and the degree to which he was personally involved in its creation," wrote historian Wayne Hanley in "The Genesis of Napoleonic Propaganda, 1796-1799." That's what led to Napoleon — almost a foreigner — to reach the heights of power and secure...
  • Revolutions in Judgment, Past and Present

    07/28/2013 7:08:35 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 1 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | July 28, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The President of the United States is committed to supporting the rebels in Syria, in their effort to overthrow the vicious dictator Bashir Assad. No one on earth – not his supporters, not the authors of a dictionary, not his closest friends, would ever argue the point. He is a vicious dictator, a malevolent cancer on the map of the middle east. So the American President commits to sending American aid – guns and ammo, technology and funding – to support the rebels trying to pull this vicious dictator off his perch. But who are these rebels? They are loosely...
  • Why I became a conservative

    06/02/2013 1:03:51 PM PDT · by newheart · 30 replies
    The New Criterion, Vol 21, No. 6 ^ | February 2003 | Roger Scruton
    I was brought up at a time when half the English people voted Conservative at national elections and almost all English intellectuals regarded the term "conservative" as a term of abuse. To be a conservative, I was told, was to be on the side of age against youth, the past against the future, authority against innovation, the "structures" against spontaneity and life. It was enough to understand this, to recognize that one had no choice, as a free-thinking intellectual, save to reject conservatism. The choice remaining was between reform and revolution. Do we improve society bit by bit, or do...

    02/22/2013 6:46:34 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 11 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | February 22, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    A year into his second term, President George Washington celebrated his 63rd birthday on February 22, 1794, and received one of the best birthday presents any head of state ever received. The new minister from France, Jean Antoine Joseph Baron Fauchet presented his credentials as the new ambassador from France, replacing the troublesome Edmund-Charles Genet at last. Citizen Genet was many things. A child prodigy, fluent in six languages by age twelve, he was born at Versailles in 1763, the only son of a French civil servant. Genet served as court translator in his youth and was then sent to...
  • Just What Was Fundamentally Wrong with Bolshevism?

    11/29/2012 5:29:21 AM PST · by SJackson · 45 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | November 29, 2012 | Steven Plaut
    I recently read the new biography of Trotsky by Oxford don Robert Service, published in 2009 by Pan Books. It is well-written and surprisingly interesting. The book does a great public service in describing the life of the actual Trotsky, whose previous “biographies” were little more than hagiographies written by his toady worshippers (people like Isaac Deutscher). The last time that I had taken any interest in Trotsky was when I was a teenager and had fleeting delusions of believing in “socialism.” Reading the new book as an adult and as an economist, I found it a useful opportunity to...
  • "Liberty, Equality, Homosexuality?"

    12/01/2012 5:48:55 AM PST · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    TFP ^ | 11/28/2012 | Luiz Sérgio Solimeo
    The French Revolution of 1789 was based on the ideological philosophy of the Enlightenment summarized in the famous trilogy, “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.” By imposing full equality on society, the advocates of this philosophy sought to bring about complete freedom and an idyllic brotherhood among men. The Guillotine’s “Fraternity” As is well known, the immediate effects of that equality were the execution of King Louis XVI, his sister Princess Elizabeth and Queen Marie Antoinette; thousands of nobles were guillotined; clergy were persecuted and massacred or had to go underground. The peasants of the Vendee who rose up in defense of altar...
  • FRC Shooting Latest Chapter In The Left’s Love Affair With Violence

    08/20/2012 8:07:28 PM PDT · by massmike · 5 replies ^ | 08/20/2012 | Don Feder
    The FRC shooting is the latest chapter in the blood-drenched history of the left — from the French Revolution to Occupy Wall Street. This is the way the left does business — with guillotines, gulags and gas chambers, with bombs, bullets, purges, planned famines and demonizing opponents as a prelude to their slaughter. In 2009, James Pouillon was shot to death while holding a pro-life sign by a supporter of choice. The same year, black Tea Party activist Kenneth Glandney was beaten so badly by SEIU thugs that he had to be hospitalized. In 2010, heavily armed eco-terrorist James J....
  • History Repeating Itself: The Vendee Genocide

    07/20/2012 1:11:30 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | July 18, AD 2012 10:20 AM MST | Ann Barnhardt
    Here's my latest video recorded by the good folks at down in Pueblo, Colorado. This presentation covers the almost unknown war and genocide against the people of the Vendee region of France during the proto-Marxist French Revolution. This genocide by the atheist, godless, totalitarian French Revolutionaries against the Church killed 450,000 people, and has served as a the tactical template for Marxist governments who have fomented statist schisms and then entered into open war against the Church over the last century, including the Soviets and Mexicans in the early 20th century, and the Red Chinese and Vietnamese, and Marxist...
  • On July 4, remember: We are not French

    07/04/2012 6:50:47 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 15 replies
    Jewish World Review | 7/4/2012 | Ann Coulter
    It has become fashionable to equate the French and American revolutions, but they share absolutely nothing in common beyond the word "revolution." The American Revolution was a movement based on ideas, painstakingly argued by serious men in the process of creating what would become the freest, most prosperous nation in world history. The French Revolution was a revolt of the mob. It was the primogenitor of the horrors of the Bolshevik Revolution, Hitler's Nazi Party, Mao's Cultural Revolution, Pol Pot's slaughter, and America's periodic mob uprisings from Shays' Rebellion to today's dirty waifs in the "Occupy Wall Street" crowd. The...
  • French Revolution martyr beatified [Catholic Caucus]

    05/03/2012 5:07:39 AM PDT · by sayuncledave · 6 replies
    Catholic ^ | May 2, 2012 | Catholic World News
    French Revolution martyr beatified Father Pierre-Adrien Toulorge (1757-93), a Norbertine priest martyred during the French Revolution, was beatified on April 29 at the cathedral in Coutances, France. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided at the beatification, which was attended by 1,500 faithful and hundreds of priests and religious. When Father Toulorge was sentenced to death, a nun who was arrested with him wept, prompting this rebuke from the priest: Madame, the tears you are shedding are unworthy of you and me. What would worldly people say if they knew that having renounced the...
  • Why America is Devolving Towards Absolute Government Control

    04/15/2012 8:03:57 PM PDT · by OneLoyalAmerican · 71 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Sunday, April 15, 2012 | Kelly OConnell
    The relentless encroachment of socialism upon America’s economic, cultural and governmental landscape is like a bad dream to most red-blooded Americans. When society changes it can seem like the ineluctable drift of evolution or chance. But in the case of America’s ongoing continued expansion of government powers, spiking taxes, and shrinking military, it’s all part of a planned elitist push into socialism. And one need not believe in secret conspiracies when contemplating this shift. In fact, for those paying attention, it was all outlined long ago by the Fabian Socialist society, and other groups such as the Frankfurt School, as...
  • Bonhoeffer on America

    12/11/2011 11:31:33 PM PST · by RobbyS · 16 replies
    Ethics by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, | 1949 | Dietrich Bonhoffer
    The American Revolution was almost contemporaneous with the French one, and politically the two were not unconnected; yet they were profoundly different in character. The American democracy is not founded upon the emancipated man bit. quite the contrary, upon the kingdom of God and the limitation of earthly powers by the sovereignty of God. It is indeed significant when, in contrast to the Declaration of the Rights of Man, American historians can say that the federal constitution was written by men who were conscious of original sin and of the wickedness of the human heart. Earthly wielders of power, and...
  • Ann Coulter Book "Demonic" Predicted Tactics Of OWS... And What's Next

    11/19/2011 9:10:47 AM PST · by MindBender26 · 56 replies
    Like her or not, there can be no argument that Ann Coulter didn't predict the actions, tactics and results of the Occupy Wall Street movement in her book “Demonic.” In her very well written history of the real story of the insanity and mob-driven French Revolution, she could easily be describing the actions of the current OWS movement. The similarities between OWS and the Arab Spring movements to install radical Islamic theocracies are also well illustrated. The reality is that the OWS movement may grow much more violent as professional anarchists take over and drive us to armed conflict. Get...
  • Look out! Full revolution is on the table

    11/15/2011 4:30:33 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 53 replies
    At an Occupy Wall Street offshoot event, an Occupy Oakland protester had the following to say: (Headline: 1,000 at old Occupy Oakland camp to discuss future) "If they (police) take over the camp, we're going to reoccupy," Ronald "Rasta" Jones, 31, an Oakland resident who had lived in the Occupy Oakland camp since its first day, Oct. 10, said before officers moved in around 5 a.m. to evict people. "Our objective is for them to keep spending money. ... We're not going to stop." Jones has let the cat out of the bag. Occupy Oakland/Wall Street is the Cloward and...
  • The Power of Civil Society

    10/08/2011 8:35:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | October 8, 2011 | Ed Feulner
    Conservatives and liberals clash frequently on a wide array of issues, from taxes to trade, from deficits to defense. But their greatest conflict may lie in their contrasting attitudes toward civil society. Conservatives regard the institutions of civil society -- families, churches and communities -- as sources of hope and renewal. Self-styled "progressives" see these institutions as seedbeds of prejudice and ignorance. Conservatives believe that poverty stems largely from a lack of spiritual resources, resources that are typically transmitted through private, voluntary groups. Progressives view poverty as a simple lack of resources. Conservatives believe that social justice is best pursued...
  • Why on Earth Did French Revolutionaries Persecute and Murder Enclosed Nuns?

    10/07/2011 7:13:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    The Catholic Herald ^ | 10/7/11 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    The fine parish church of St Jacques in Compičgne has a side chapel dedicated to 16 Carmelites martyred in the RevolutionI mentioned earlier this week a second French holy place that might interest readers: Compičgne. The town is only 40 minutes by fast and frequent train from Paris, and what drew me there was the famous chateau, a place beloved of Louis XV, who hunted in the nearby forest, as well as Marie Antoinette; and also a favourite place of resort for members of the Fourth Dynasty to rule France. Napoleon was fond of Compičgne and spent time there, and...
  • The Year 220 Starts Today

    09/22/2011 12:17:19 PM PDT · by Argus · 9 replies
    Vanity | 9/22/11 | Argus
    According to the French Revolutionary Calendar, this is the first day of the Year 220 (starting from AD 1791) - Primidi, 1 Vendemiaire, CCXX. This day is also dedicated to the grape (en Francais, RAISIN).
  • Kook Lefty Bloggers Say Sarah Palin, The Right, Caused the Norway Massacres

    07/23/2011 6:36:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The American Spectator Blog ^ | July 23, 2011 | Matthew Vadum
    Often the Left is so predictable. While Norway mourns the deaths of the 92 (so far) shooting victims, kook bloggers at FireDogLake, Democratic Underground, and elsewhere are already labelling the alleged killer to be "right wing." This meme appears to have started with a comment made by a Norwegian political science professor who speculated that the shooter might be "right wing." Even Sarah Palin is now being blamed for the shooting because the suspect reportedly favored the creation of a European Tea Party. The media keeps repeating the mantra that the shooter is "right wing." But what does it even...
  • Long Live the Revolution? (Lessons from the French Revolution on Bastille Day.)

    07/14/2011 3:10:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 13, 2011 | Adam Graham
    July 14 is the day the French people celebrate the storming of the Bastille. This led to the dethroning and beheading of King Louis XVI and the establishment of the first French Republic, which promised “liberty, equality, and fraternity.” The rest of the story doesn’t go so well. Out of the French Revolution came the Reign of Terror, which saw 16,000-40,000 people guillotined. Within fifteen years, the Republic gave way to the French Empire and the Napoleonic Wars and its millions of deaths.France is hardly alone in the list of nations with revolutions that failed to live up to their...
  • The American Vs. French Revolutions

    06/12/2011 10:27:58 AM PDT · by ChessExpert · 13 replies
    R. J. Rummel web site ^ | unknown | R.J. Rummel
    The intellectual struggle worldwide today is now between the beliefs encapsulated in the American Revolution and those in the French. It is interests versus reason.
  • Doug Casey on the Tea Party Movement

    11/01/2010 8:05:16 PM PDT · by CanGyrene · 20 replies
    Hiskey and ^ | 1 November, 2010 | Doug Casey
    Louis: So, Doug, about the Tea Party? Doug: Consider what seems to be brewing in the Tea Party movement. It’s just a straw in the wind, of no real significance itself, but a foreshadowing of something ominous. All the false hope this Tea Party movement is creating impresses me as similar to what was going on in France in the late 1780s… L: I think I can guess, but why do you say that? As much as you dislike the government, isn’t it a good thing that so many people are finally fed up with it and at long last...
  • Two Revolutions, Two Views of Man

    07/25/2010 1:37:12 PM PDT · by betty boop · 928 replies · 58+ views
    Conservative Underground | July 6, 2010 | Jean F. Drew
    TWO REVOLUTIONS, TWO VIEWS OF MAN By Jean F. Drew As every American schoolchild has been taught, in Western history there were two great sociopolitical revolutions that took place near the end of the eighteenth century: The American Revolution of 1775; and the French, of 1789. Children are taught that both revolutions were fought because of human rights in some way; thus bloody warfare possibly could be justified, condoned so long as the blood and treasure were shed to protect the “rights of man.” The American schoolchild is assured that the American and French revolutions were both devoted to the...
  • Bill Whittle: A Tale of Two Revolutions: The War of Ideas & the Tragedy of the Unconstrained Vision

    09/10/2009 5:21:25 AM PDT · by Tolik · 12 replies · 820+ views
    Afterburner with Bill Whittle  A Tale of Two Revolutions: The War of Ideas & the Tragedy of the Unconstrained Vision Sep 9 / Afterburner with Bill Whittle   10min Bill Maher, Barack Obama and the Truth About American Exceptionalism Aug 31 / Afterburner with Bill Whittle   15min MSNBC & The Great Liberal Narrative: The Truth About The Tyranny of Political Correctness Aug 24 / Afterburner with Bill Whittle   13min The Power & Danger of Iconography: The Resistance Steals Obama's Weapons Aug 14 / Afterburner with Bill Whittle   8min Beyond the Angry Mobs: Only You Can Bring Congress...
  • The New Jacobin Elite

    06/24/2009 11:20:11 PM PDT · by Avoiding_Sulla · 56 replies · 2,050+ views
    The New American ^ | Wednesday, 24 June 2009 | William F. Jasper
    The New Jacobin Elite | Print | Written by William F. Jasper    Wednesday, 24 June 2009 06:00 The Socialist Party of Great Britain is celebrating the reissuing of Peter Taaffe’s book, The Masses Arise: The Great French Revolution 1789 -1815. “Its republication by Socialist Publications, in time for the 220th anniversary of this great event in July 2009, is extremely timely,” says the party’s website. A different page on the party’s site promoting the same book instructs readers: “An understanding of the French Revolution remains crucial for all revolutionaries. Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky studied it intensely to gain an...
  • Let Them Eat Che

    04/01/2009 7:37:45 PM PDT · by tanuki · 11 replies · 514+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | April 1, 2009 | Veronica di Pippo
    Much has been written about Hollywood’s obsession with Communist poster child and fashion icon Ernesto “Che” Guevara. Despite the protestations of those who actually knew and were tortured or persecuted by Che, the stories of hundreds of thousands of Cuban exiles and a vast body of easily accessible knowledge on the failed state he helped create, the bad boy “Butcher of la Cabańa” still holds an unholy fascination with the historically-challenged. Though Che was opposed to free elections, freedom of religion, free speech, free press, freedom of assembly, and even freewheeling rock and roll, he has morphed into the ultimate...
  • Reflections on Burke's <i>Reflections</i> (Edmund Burke)

    02/04/2009 11:24:06 AM PST · by mojito · 10 replies · 411+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | Gertrude Himmelfarb
    Edmund Burke was, and still is, a provocative thinker—a provocation in his own day, as in ours. At a time when most right-minded (which is to say, left-inclined) English literati were rhapsodizing over the French Revolution—Wordsworth declaring what “bliss was it in that dawn to be alive”—Burke wrote his Reflections on the Revolution in France, a searing indictment of the Revolution. He was accused then, as he often is now, of being excessive, even hysterical, in his account of the Revolution: "a ferocious dissoluteness in manners, an insolent irreligion in opinions and practices, … laws overturned, tribunals subverted, industry without...
  • Vive La Revolution:Obama Brings Spirit Of The French Revolution To America

    01/28/2009 7:47:31 AM PST · by IbJensen · 25 replies · 974+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | January 28, 2009 | Dr. Paul Kengor
    Last week, before an audience of millions of Americans, the new president made a telling statement. Alluding to the American founders, President Barack Obama, in his Inaugural Address, stated: “The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.” This seemed to be a reference to the Declaration of Independence, or at least to the principles in that sacred...
  • Conor Cruise O’Brien: A Vindication of Edmund Burke

    12/22/2008 1:56:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 664+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 22, 2008 | Conor Cruise O’Brien
    December 22, 2008, 1:30 a.m. A Vindication of Edmund Burke An NRO Flashback EDITOR’S NOTE: Edmund Burke biographer Conor Cruise O’Brien died this past weekend at the age of 91. The O’Brien piece below was the cover story in the December 17, 1990, issue of National Review. I. TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCES On November 1, 1790, Edmund Burke’s most famous book, Reflections on the Revolution in France, was published. It is important to get the title right. The book is often referred to as Reflections on the French Revolution. The book’s real title adequately reveals Burke’s intentions. Burke’s point, in...
  • France: Families flock to look for the ancestors who lost their heads

    03/15/2008 12:16:38 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 33 replies · 1,173+ views
    The Times ^ | 3/15/2008 | Adam Sage
    It is the internet site that contains dark family secrets, unspeakable truths and appalling injustice. The French log on to it in trepidation and in private. Les Guillotinés offers the most complete online list yet established of the French Revolution’s victims and invites users to discover the answer to a terrible question: “Do you have an ancestor who was decapitated?” Hundreds of thousands of people have consulted the death base, created by Raymond Combes, a computer programmer and amateur genealogist. Many more are likely to follow suit. According to one estimate, up to five million French people are descended from...
  • Words to Die By - A new series resurrects some of history’s bloodiest manifestos.

    02/20/2007 2:55:38 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 570+ views
    City Journal ^ | 20 February 2007 | John Kekes
    Virtue and Terror, by Maximilien Robespierre (Verso, 160 pp., $14.95) and On Practice and Contradiction, by Mao Zedong (Verso, 160 pp., $14.95) These two books appear in a new series, “Revolutions,” published by Verso, a well-known British firm specializing in radical leftist gobbledygook. The books come with introductions by Slavoj Žižek, a Slovenian psychoanalyst and social theorist, who assaults both the English language and the intelligence of those who actually manage to figure out what he’s saying. If you think that’s harsh, here’s a representative Žižekian sentence: “The claim that the people does exist is the basic axiom of ‘totalitarianism,’...
  • Forcing Girls To Cheer For Girls (Dennis Prager: The Left Is Obssessed With Running Your Life Alert)

    01/29/2007 11:01:27 PM PST · by goldstategop · 24 replies · 1,474+ views ^ | 01/29/2006 | Dennis Prager
    High school cheerleaders must now cheer for girls' teams as often as for boys' teams thanks to federal education officials' interpretations of Title IX, the civil rights law that mandates equal playing fields for both sexes. According to The New York Times, almost no one directly involved wants this -- not the cheerleaders, not the fans, not the boys' teams, and not even the girls' teams. But it doesn't matter: The law coerces cheerleaders to cheer at girls' games. Of all the myths that surround Left-Right differences, one of the greatest is that the Left values liberty more than the...
  • Remember the French Revolution

    11/30/2006 3:42:33 PM PST · by Joseph DeMaistre · 4 replies · 272+ views
    French Revolution Catholic Encyclopedia on CD-ROM Contains 11,632 articles. Browse off-line, ad-free, printer-friendly. Get it here for only $33 plus FREE shipping worldwide The last thirty years have given us a new version of the history of the French Revolution, the most diverse and hostile schools having contributed to it. The philosopher, Taine, drew attention to the affinity between the revolutionary and what he calls the classic spirit, that is, the spirit of abstraction which gave rise to Cartesianism and produced certain masterpieces of French literature. Moreover he admirably demonstrated the mechanism of the local revolutionary committees and showed how...
  • Worshipping at the altar of science

    09/03/2006 11:30:24 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 39 replies · 1,116+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 4, 2006 | Tom Flannery
    At the end of the 18th century, Founding Fathers like John Adams and Alexander Hamilton were becoming increasingly troubled by the revolution that was unfolding in France. Unlike the American Revolution, which was founded on the Christian principles delineated in the Declaration of Independence, the French version was virulently anti-religious (particularly in regard to Christianity). The revolutionaries sought to replace religion with human reason, even going so far as suggesting that Notre Dame be renamed the "Cathedral of Reason." Adams observed of France with great alarm: "I know not what to make of a republic of 30 million atheists." Hamilton...
  • Why Robespierre Chose Terror - The lessons of the first totalitarian revolution

    04/17/2006 5:51:06 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 56 replies · 2,625+ views
    City Journal ^ | Apr 16, 2006 | John Kekes
    The American attitude toward the French Revolution has been generally favorable—naturally enough for a nation itself born in revolution. But as revolutions go, the French one in 1789 was among the worst. True, in the name of liberty, equality, and fraternity, it overthrew a corrupt regime. Yet what these fine ideals led to was, first, the Terror and mass murder in France, and then Napoleon and his wars, which took hundreds of thousands of lives in Europe and Russia. After this pointless slaughter came the restoration of the same corrupt regime that the Revolution overthrew. Aside from immense suffering, the...
  • Police plea on macabre book find (anthropodermic bibliopegy)

    04/08/2006 11:41:09 AM PDT · by alnitak · 27 replies · 947+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, 8 April 2006, 12:33 GMT 13:33 UK | Anonymous BBC story monkey
    Police plea on macabre book find The ledger was bound in human skin, in accordance with practice Police are trying to locate the owner of a 300-year-old ledger, bound in human skin, found in a Leeds road. Written mainly in French, its macabre covering was said to be a regular sight during the French Revolution. In the 18th and 19th Centuries it was common to bind accounts of murder trials in the killer's skin - known as anthropodermic bibliopegy. The book was discovered in The Headrow and may have been discarded after a burglary, detectives said. They said the...
  • Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam

    03/14/2006 6:43:06 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies · 336+ views
    CERC ^ | Joseph Ratzinger & Marcello Pera
    "It is up to the readers to decide whether our intention — to examine and reflect on the great issues of our time, including the West, Europe, Christianity, Islam, war, and bioethical questions — has achieved its goal. Whether our concerns can be addressed. And whether our suggestions deserve to be pursued." - from the Preface. The following is an excerpt from the chapter, "The Spiritual Roots of Europe: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow". It was originally an address given by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to the Italian Senate on May 13, 2004. We must now consider the process by which...