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Off with Their Heads! The Reign of Terror is Here

The King is dead. The Queen is next. The French Revolution has just jumped the rails. Last year over 200 Catholics priests were murdered in what is called the September Massacre. France has established the Committee of Public Safety, granting it sweeping powers: "...a hand to grasp the weapon of the Revolutionary Tribunal." [1] But these are not patriotic Sons of Liberty singing songs as they dump tea into the harbor. Saint-Just and Robespierre (ROBES-pee-AIR) are power-hungry ideologues and they hold the "blade of the law". Death to the counter-revolutionaries is the rule... in the name of "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité" (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity). Oh dear God, they said it EXACTLY that way as they murdered thousands and thousands and thousands. [2] [3]

It is time that equality bore its scythe above all heads.
It is time to horrify all the conspirators.
So legislators, place Terror on the order of the day!
Let us be in revolution, because everywhere counter-revolution is being woven by our enemies.
The blade of the law should hover over all the guilty.
-- The Committee of Public Safety [4]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Famine, economic collapse and loss of confidence in the leadership spooked the majority of people into looking for someone to blame... and the legislators wanted them to blame anyone but the legislators. The solution was the same: death to those who did not love equality and liberty. You say that it can't happen in America, but it almost did. In the 1960s, Bill Ayers co-founded the Weather Underground. He was blowing up government buildings, and planning reeducation centers for the counter-revolutionaries. (Exact words) His Weather Underground terrorists figured about 25 million Americans would have to be eliminated. (That means, murdered.) FYI, Bill Ayers is currently a retired professor of education. He taught teachers how to teach your children. So... when I get upset about Christians forced to decorate gay wedding cakes, or "transgendered" boys lurking in the girl's locker room, I remember that there is some guy out there who is saying, "If only conservative people like Alex would go away, we would all be better off." And by "better off" he means "himself in power" and by "go away," he means... well... you know what he means. [5] [6]

I Owe My Soul to the Company Store

Samuel Slater is an Englishman who has come to America bringing with him an entrepreneurial spirit and the secret of the Industrial Age: the mechanized textile mill. That is why the English call him "Slater the Traitor." England has been importing American cotton and exporting cheap textiles to America. That works OK for the South (well... it has its problems), but New England would like the business. Currently, cotton is processed by hand at home, usually by young girls. Getting them out of the house and down to the factory is a problem. Slater pays the Mill Girls more than they could make at home but mothers are worried about their little girls when they must travel so far from home. (We are talking about girls aged 7 to 12. They really are "little girls".) Slater builds an entire town next to the factory and moves the families. He also provides schooling for the kids on Sunday and a company store. (shudder!) Hiring such young girls seems normal to the families since children at home learn how to make yarn at that age anyway. With the family there to supervise them, what could go wrong? [7] [8] [9]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
It starts out with the best of intentions and as long as the parents are there supervising the children, what business is it of mine? However, in those early days the factory machines were quite dangerous. Of course, if a child was forced to work long hours, the parents were stuck. After all... would they chance being thrown out of their home if they complained about little Suzie working too long? That is why child labor laws were established. I'm OK with that, but it gets a little weird when they try to apply those same child labor laws to a farmer when he sends his own kid out to collect eggs, or milk the goats. I understand farms can be dangerous and the work can be tough at times, but that is why the parents are there... at the family farm. It's not an agri-mega-monster-food-factory. It's their HOME! [10] [11] [12]

In Other News

  • Eli Whitney invents the cotton gin. "Gin" is short for "Engine". It removes the seeds from cotton, and turns that crappy cotton in the South into a cash crop. It also makes makes slavery profitable. [13]
  • Law-abiding citizens MUST return runaway slaves. Hey! It's in the Constitution! (It really is.) The slave states wanted to make it clear to non-slave states that IT'S THE LAW! [14] [15] [16]
  • Slavery is abolished in Upper Canada (sort of). No new slaves can be brought in. Existing slaves remain so until death. Children of slaves are slaves until age 25. So... not exactly abolishing slavery but getting there. [17]

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1793, Wikipedia.

See Also


  1. (1899) Danton: a study. Retrieved on 24 May 2016. “Danton supported him at midnight with a definite speech such as no Girondin would have dared to make. He said practically, "This Committee is precisely what we want, a hand to grasp the weapon of the Revolutionary Tribunal."” 
  2. Maximilien Robespierre - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 24 May 2016. “French revolutionary politicians believed a stable government was needed to quell the chaos.[18] On 11 March 1793, a Revolutionary Tribunal was established by Jacobins in the Convention.[49] On 6 April Maximin Isnard and Georges Danton spearheaded the creation of a nine-member Committee of Public Safety to replace the larger Committee of General Defense. On 27 July 1793, Robespierre was elected to the Committee, although he had not sought the position.”
  3. Liberté, égalité, fraternité - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 24 May 2016. “The first to have made this motto was Maximilien Robespierre in his speech 'On the organization of the National Guard' (French: Discours sur l'organisation des gardes nationales) on 5 December 1790, article XVI, and disseminated widely throughout France by the popular Societies.”
  4. Maximilien Robespierre - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 24 May 2016. “The Committee of General Security began to manage the country's internal police. Terror was formally instituted as a legal policy by the Convention on 5 September 1793, in a proclamation which read, 'It is time that equality bore its scythe above all heads. It is time to horrify all the conspirators. So legislators, place Terror on the order of the day! Let us be in revolution, because everywhere counter-revolution is being woven by our enemies. The blade of the law should hover over all the guilty.'[”
  5. Larry Grathwohl on Ayers' plan for American re-education camps and the need to kill millions. YouTube (2016). Retrieved on 24 May 2016.
  6. Weather Underground - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 24 May 2016. “The bombing campaign targeted mostly government buildings, along with several banks. The group stated that the government had been exploiting other nations by waging war as a means of solidifying America as a greater nation. Most were preceded by evacuation warnings, along with communiqués identifying the particular matter that the attack was intended to protest. No people were killed in any of their acts of property destruction, although three members of the group were killed in the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion.”
  7. Timeline of clothing and textiles technology - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 25 April 2016. “1793 – Samuel Slater of Belper establishes the first successful cotton spinning mill in the United States, at Pawtucket; beginnings of the 'Rhode Island System'”
  8. 16 Tons. YouTube (2016). Retrieved on 24 May 2016.
  9. Waltham-Lowell system - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 24 May 2016. “Slater drew on his British village experience to create a factory system called the 'Rhode Island System,' based on the customary patterns of family life in New England villages. Children aged 7 to 12 were the first employees of the mill; Slater personally supervised them closely. The first child workers were hired in 1790. It is highly unlikely that Slater resorted to physical punishment, relying on a system of fines. Slater first tried to staff his mill with women and children from afar, but that fell through due to the close-knit framework of the New England family. He then brought in whole families, creating entire towns. He provided company-owned housing nearby, along with company stores; he sponsored a Sunday School where college students taught the children reading and writing.”
  10. TAKE ACTION: End Child Labor in US Agriculture. Human Rights Watch (Man 3, 2010). Retrieved on 24 May 2016. “Agriculture is one of the most dangerous occupations in the US”
  11. Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores. The Daily Caller (April 25, 2012). Retrieved on 24 May 2016. “Under the rules, most children under 18 could no longer work 'in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.'”
  12. Do Child Farm Workers Have Enough Protections?. Law Street (TM) (September 10, 2015). Retrieved on 24 May 2016. “With parental consent, children under 12 can work on farms where workers are exempt from federal minimum wage requirements. Children aged 12 and 13 can be employed with parental consent or on a farm where a parent or guardian is also working. At 14, children can work any agricultural occupation not deemed hazardous by the Secretary of Labor and 16-year-olds can engage in any agricultural occupation, even during school hours. Children of any age may be employed on a farm in any occupation at any time if a parent or guardian owns the business.”
  13. Eli Whitney - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 24 May 2016. “Whitney's invention made upland short cotton into a profitable crop, which strengthened the economic foundation of slavery in the United States.”
  14. Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. Simon and Schuster, 368-369. 
  15. Fugitive Slave Clause - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 24 May 2016. “No person held to service or labour in one state, under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such service or labour, but shall be delivered up on claim of the party to whom such service or labour may be due.”
  16. Fugitive Slave Act of 1793 - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 24 May 2016. “The Act was strengthened at the insistence of the slave states of the South by the Compromise of 1850, which required even the governments and residents of free states to enforce the capture and return of fugitive slaves.”
  17. Act Against Slavery - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 24 May 2016. “John Graves Simcoe, Lieutenant Governor of the colony, had been a supporter of abolition before coming to Upper Canada; as a British Member of Parliament, he had described slavery as an offence against Christianity.”

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