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What Color is a Mob? It's the Color of Sheeple

A club for aristocrats called the King's Head Club has met for the first time at the King's Head Tavern. It is also called the Green Ribbon Club due to the green ribbon that members wear on their person. In these days, there are very few uniforms so people distinguish their political or religious position by wearing a different color. For example: "true blue" means that one supports the Scottish Presbyterians. Green was the color of the Levelers during the British civil war and although the Levellers were not a political movement, they believed in equality under the law and that government should rule by the consent of the governed rather than by divine right. Eventually, the membership of the Green Ribbon Club will form into a political party called the Whigs. The club will discuss how easily manipulated the common people are. These "commoners" are called "mobile vulgus" (meaning "movable commoners"). This phrase will be shortened to "mob". In the modern day we call these mobs, "sheeple". [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
FYI, the philosopher, John Locke, is associated with the Green Ribbon Club. Regarding the use of colors to identify one's politics or religion, people still wear various colors to support their cause. I remember when the NFL changed their team accessories to use the color "pink" during breast cancer awareness month. A few years ago, Rush Limbaugh wore an entire set of ribbons on his coat to show that he cared more than anyone else. He was pointing out the absurdity of wearing ribbons by wearing more ribbons than anyone else. Nowadays we are getting away from colors and ribbons. We are now using hashtags and changing our Facebook icons. It amounts to the same thing. A color, an icon or a hashtag does nothing until we, ourselves, do something. [6] [7] [8]

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  1. Sheeple - definition of sheeple (2015). Retrieved on 12 November 2015. “People who are meekly submissive or easily swayed.”
  2. Words from History (PDF), Books on Words, Houghton Mifflin. “At the aristocratic Greenribbon Club, there was frequent contemptuous talk of the "mobile vulgus" until, finally, through frequent use, the term was shortened to its first syllable, mob.” 
  3. Green Ribbon Club - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 3 July 2015. “It had its meeting place at the King's Head tavern at Chancery Lane End, so was known as the King's Head Club. It seems to have been founded about the year 1675 as a resort for members of the political party hostile to the court. As these associates were in the habit of wearing in their hats a bow, or bob, of green ribbon, as a distinguishing badge useful for the purpose of mutual recognition in street brawls, the name of the club was changed, about 1679, to the Green Ribbon Club.”
  4. Ochlocracy - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 9 November 2015. “Polybius (2nd century BCE) appears to have coined the term in his Histories (6.4.6).[1] He uses it to name the 'pathological' version of popular rule - in opposition to the good version, which he refers to as democracy. There are numerous mentions of the word 'ochlos' in the Talmud (where 'ochlos' refers to anything from 'mob', 'populace', to 'armed guard'), as well as in Rashi, a Jewish commentary on the Bible.”
  5. Levellers - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 12 November 2015. “They identified themselves by sea-green ribbons worn on their clothing.”
  6. Remembering Rush TV Awareness Ribbons. The Rush Limbaugh Show (July 18, 2013). Retrieved on 12 November 2015. “By the way, the budget deficit awareness ribbon, for those of you that don't know what that is, you remember back in the early nineties when there was a colored ribbon for every issue. There was red ribbon for HIV. There was a yellow ribbon for this and a blue ribbon for that. I remember one day on my TV program I came out wearing nine of them, nine or 10 different colored ribbons and I told everybody, 'Because I'm wearing these ribbons, I'm a better person than you are, and I care more than you do.'”
  7. NFL supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month. NFL (OFFICIAL SITE) (2015). Retrieved on 12 November 2015. “Beginning tonight and continuing throughout the month, NFL breast cancer awareness games will feature: » Game balls with pink ribbon decals used for every down and pink kicking tees » Pink equipment for players including: cleats, wristbands, gloves, sideline caps, helmet decals, captains' patches, chin straps, shoe laces, skull caps, sideline towels, eye shield decals and quarterback towels » Pink coins used for the coin toss » Pink sideline caps for coaches and sideline personnel and pink ribbon pins for coaches and team executives » Pink caps, wristbands, whistles and pins for game officials » On-field pink ribbon stencils and A Crucial Catch wall banners » Pink goal post padding in end zones » Breast cancer awareness pompoms, shirts and wristbands for cheerleaders.”
  8. Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 12 November 2015. “A founder of the Whig party, he is also remembered as the patron of John Locke.”

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