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The Impending Thermidor Reaction in Jacobin America

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Posted By: Garnet, 5/8/2023 2:48:55 PM

The decade-long French Revolution that broke out in 1789 soon devolved into far more than removing the monarchy, as it became antithetical to the earlier American precedent. American notions of liberty and freedom were seen as far too narrow, given the state, if only all-powerful and all-wise, could mandate “equality” and force “fraternity” among its subjects. Each cycle of French revolutionary fervor soon became more radicalized and cannibalistic—until it reached its logical ends of violent absurdity. Originally, the idea of curbing the power of a Bourbon king through a parliamentary republic became lethally counter-revolutionary.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: FunOne 5/8/2023 3:18:14 PM (No. 1465586)
I am not an admirer of the French, but I do give them credit for demonstrating that there was a time when they knew how to deal with bad leadership.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: DVC 5/8/2023 3:24:31 PM (No. 1465591)
Outstanding essay. Perhaps we need to get orders in for guillotine blades. Those seem like they would be a "long lead time item".
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Reply 3 - Posted by: coldborezero 5/8/2023 3:27:46 PM (No. 1465595)
Re#2: Or, we could simply dispatch the vermin, American Old West Style, dancing at the end of a strong rope.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DVC 5/8/2023 3:33:30 PM (No. 1465603)
Works for me, #2. Less mess, too.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: gramma b 5/8/2023 3:35:50 PM (No. 1465608)
From VDH's mouth to God's ear.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: mombogogo 5/8/2023 3:50:11 PM (No. 1465621)
Almighty God, I hope the pendulum is beginning to swing the other way.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: FJB 5/8/2023 3:52:58 PM (No. 1465623)
Does anyone know people who are okay with what these criminals are doing to us?
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Bur Oak 5/8/2023 4:03:30 PM (No. 1465630)
Sad essay and this is only the beginning.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Digger 5/8/2023 4:28:21 PM (No. 1465658)
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: 49 Ford 5/8/2023 4:35:29 PM (No. 1465666)
Much as I would like to I cannot envision much focused or sustained pushback against all of this. A vague sense that something is wrong in the country is not the stuff of a potent counterattack. And when the campaign season begins in earnest - look out! The avalanche of demagoguery, race baiting, pandering and flat out lies unleashed by the Dems and their media partners will be overwhelming.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Zeek Wolfe 5/8/2023 5:17:47 PM (No. 1465682)
It would not be difficult to find a Robespierre wannabe in the modern Democrat party. Some in that party have spoken darkly of imprisonment or even worse for woke dissenters. This is not new. Outspoken Democrats cheered the idea of Justice Thomas' death shortly after he was confirmed and, more recently, accepted the suspect deaths of Seth Rich and Jeffrey Epstein as a robbery gone wrong and suicide. Democrats now control the FBI, CIA and other alphabet law enforcement agencies of the federal government. They are not run by Berias or Himmlers, yet, but stay tuned.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: spacer 5/8/2023 5:21:13 PM (No. 1465684)
If you read nothing else for a week read this and pray the professors summation comes to pass.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Geoman 5/8/2023 7:15:13 PM (No. 1465757)
FTA: "A counterrevolution is building, not just because people are angry at what has become of their country, but because they now are learning that if they do nothing, they will have no country—and soon." VDH has gone down this road multiple times but always stops short of describing this building counterrevolution. Revolutions capable of ousting an increasingly entrenched communist ideology, always become kinetic but,with a few exceptions (e.g., Art Schlichter), no one ever wants to openly discuss what that might look like to an average American citizen who still loves this country as founded.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: downnout 5/8/2023 8:50:35 PM (No. 1465810)
Staff, please make this a MUST READ.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: RayLRiv 5/9/2023 9:28:45 AM (No. 1466083)
EXCELLENT article. Must Read
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