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  • 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...
  • Dorothy Day: Anarcho-Capitalist, Perhaps

    02/25/2013 6:57:30 AM PST · by ubipetrusest · 12 replies
    American Catholic ^ | February 17, 2011 | Bonchamps
    [Someone]brought my attention to the [recent] tug of war ... over the legacy of Dorothy Day ... between pro and anti-capitalists. The Catholic Worker has criticized both the NY Times and Fr. Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute on Day-related matters. Liberals can’t claim her ... because she was anti-abortion and loyal to Church teaching, obviously never having gone the way of radical disobedient feminism. But conservatives and libertarians can’t claim her either because she rejected capitalism.... Or did she? As best I can tell, she neither practiced it or preached it as a way of life.... If you don’t...
  • FRC Shooting Latest Chapter In The Left’s Love Affair With Violence

    08/20/2012 8:07:28 PM PDT · by massmike · 5 replies
    grasstopsusa.com ^ | 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....
  • 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...
  • From Robespierre to al-Qa’eda: categorical extermination

    03/25/2008 3:34:18 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 11 replies · 429+ views
    CERC ^ | Unk. | PAUL JOHNSON
    An intellectual is someone who thinks ideas matter more than people. If people get in the way of ideas they must be swept aside and, if necessary, put in concentration camps or killed. To intellectuals, individuals as such are not interesting and do not matter. Indeed individualism is a hindrance to the pursuit of ideals in an absolute sense. The individual, with his quirks and quiddities, his mixture of good and bad, intelligence and stupidity, longing for justice but anxiety to promote his own selfish interests, does not fit into a utopian community. Hence utopians, if they are in earnest,...
  • 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,’...
  • 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...