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Remember where the left comes from.

Posted: October 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm   /   by

Check out this photo from El Marco’s recent photo essay from Occupy Denver:

As El Marco points out in his caption . . .

The violent Jacobin tendency among socialists was evident in many of the signs carried at this march.

Here’s an excerpt from the Wikipedia entry he links:

The Reign of Terror (5 September 1793, to 28 July 1794) (the latter is date 9 Thermidor, year II of the French Revolutionary Calendar),[1] also known simply as The Terror (Frenchla Terreur), was a period of violence that occurred after the onset of the French Revolution, incited by conflict between rival political factions, the Girondins and the Jacobins, and marked by mass executions of “enemies of the revolution.” Estimates vary widely as to how many were killed, with numbers ranging from 16,000 to 40,000; in many cases, records were not kept or, if they were, they are considered likely to be inaccurate. The guillotine (called the “National Razor”) became the symbol of the revolutionary cause, strengthened by a string of executions: Louis XVIMarie Antoinette, the GirondinsPhilippe Égalité (Louis Philippe II, Duke of Orléans) and Madame Roland, as well as many others, such as pioneering chemistAntoine Lavoisier, lost their lives under its blade.

Never forget the left’s ideological provenance. Rousseau was its mother. The French Revolution was its moment of hatching. The Reign of Terror was it spreading its wings.

When you see someone on the left harkening back to the French Revolution and the guillotine, that’s not an anomaly. That’s someone recognizing the roots of his own movement.

God forbid these people should ever get any more power than they have now.

Christopher Cook
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Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including AnyStreet.org (now a part of Western Free Press) and Liberatchik.com. He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to WesternFreePress.com.
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Remember where the left comes from.