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Why Robespierre Chose Terror - The lessons of the first totalitarian revolution
City Journal ^ | Apr 16, 2006 | John Kekes

Posted on 04/17/2006 5:51:06 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

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To: Earthdweller
Well, I also had to talk French, for a 1/2 hour a day, at the after school group ( during milk and cookies ) I went to, in my grammar school years, but that was mostly just please and thank you and stuff like that.

I really would HATE to tell you just how long it's been, since I was in high school. LOL

Learning any language, after a certain age, is extremely difficult. Our brains are set up to learn any and all languages, easily, up to around 16. After that, it gets harder and harder and harder.

Have you tried records/tapes?

Did you take any languages in high school and college?

51 posted on 04/18/2006 1:44:44 AM PDT by nopardons
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To: nopardons
I know Spanish and German but don't know any Germans or Spaniards.. Hehehe.

Now I have new friends in France who would like for me to learn French. They are very pro-American people who are interested in moving to the US.

I'm using tapes but it doesn't seem to be helping. I really don't want to take a class at this late stage but it looks like I might have to.

Thanks for the input.

52 posted on 04/18/2006 1:57:06 AM PDT by Earthdweller
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To: Democratshavenobrains
You might want to read this:

Hitler Was a Socialist
53 posted on 04/18/2006 2:15:59 AM PDT by Beckwith (The liberal media has picked sides and they've sided with the Jihadists.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe; nothingnew
For the Communists, it was a classless society; for the Nazis, racial purity; for Islamic terrorists, their interpretation of the Koran. The shared feature is that the ideal, according to its true believers, is immune from rational or moral criticism, because it determines what is reasonable and moral.

'Nuff said. Sums it up for me. It's a lot like what's going right here, right now, without the massive bloodshed.

Pinged myself for further read.


54 posted on 04/18/2006 6:04:03 AM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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55 posted on 04/18/2006 1:22:47 PM PDT by Coleus (RU-486 Kills babies & mothers, Bush can stop this as Clinton allowed it through executive order)
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To: Polybius

All I have to say is that Thomas Jefferson was a big admirer of the French Revolution, but Alexander Hamilton saw it for what it was.

My family suffered terribly in the French Revolution, and one of our family members, a noble bishop in Lorraine was guillotined for his faith. My French grandmother's family descends from French nobility dating back to the time of Charlemagne.

I hate the French Republic with all my heart. Vive le Roi!!!

I just wish I could have a nice French royalist demonstration outside the French embassy just to tick off those arrogant French Republicans. How about Bastille Day?

Here is the true flag of France:

St. Louis IX pray for us. Remember the Martyrs of the Vendee at the hands of the (French) Republican butchers.

56 posted on 04/18/2006 6:59:30 PM PDT by pravknight (Christos Regnat, Christos Imperat, Christus Vincit)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Robbespierre is mostly unmentionable today among polite circles on the left, although it so happens there was a book review about him just posted on Arts and Letters Daily, --- here ---, which tries to be as sympathetic as possible to the man, and the book reviewed, from what I can tell, also appears to cast him in a sympathetic light.

But although all those severed heads make it hard for the left to justify Robbespierre too well, they never tire of mentioning Rousseau, who undoubtedly would have been up to his elbows in blood right alongside his disciple had he been born a few decades later. The ideological content and temperamental disposition of both men -- if not, in Robbespierre's case, the man himself -- are still passionately defended on the left.

57 posted on 04/21/2006 11:50:08 AM PDT by beckett (Amor Fati)
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