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14th July BASTILLE DAY 2012

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:58 pm    Post subject: 14th July BASTILLE DAY 2012 Reply with quote

Well, private dining for me this year but others are celebrating Bastille Day around the world and also in Port Talbot as an historic moment of justice. liberation and hope ... it is such a pity that the French Establishment took it over ...


... the plebs are left with fireworks and getting drunk ...


... send somebody an ecard ...


... dress up a bit for the occasion ...


... revel in these images of republicanism armed to the teeth - DON'T ...


... that is nothing to do with proper republicanism, that is the French Establishment hi-jacking the event for nationalism and militarism ...



... ‘quatorze julliet’ is widely celebrated in various ways and the subject of some controversy, hoisted upon its own petards ...




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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We ought to get back to what it is all about with a quick history lesson ...


... or even a longer one ...


... the trouble with revolutions pursued by violence is that arguments are not won by those who reason upon a rational basis for a just settlement of society's affairs - but by those who can hand out the most violence, tearing society apart and destroying the possibility of reason and justice because of the paranoia created by the terror ...


... so unsurprisingly what people long for in that sort of bloody paranoid mess created by terrorism is some peace and quiet, law and order, a strong just valiant noble leader to set matters straight without fear or favour ... somebody who believed in French nationalism and militarism and was thus happy to oppose republicanism ?


... which links backards in history to the first truly modern republican revolution which preceded the American and French revolutions - the Corsican Republic which Paoli had dedicated his life to in order to throw off the oppression of first the Italians and French and the British along the way ...




" Then the French Revolution changed everything. Bonaparte was twenty-three when he took leave of absence from the French army and returned to Corsica an idealistic revolutionary. The French Republic had made Corsica a part of France, and given Corsicans all the rights and liberties of French citizens. Bonaparte, a lieutenant in the island’s National Guard, threw himself into Corsican politics.

Bonaparte soon became the leader of a faction opposed to the island’s governor Pasquale Paoli. The Corsican patriot thought Bonaparte too ambitious, too self-centered, too sympathetic to France.

Clan rivalry ran deep on the island, intensifying the political struggle between the two men. Paoli’s partisans and Bonaparte’s were soon at war. In the end, Paoli proved too strong. Bonaparte’s home was sacked and he was forced to flee to the mountains.

The Corsican Assembly declared Bonaparte and his entire family "traitors and enemies of the Fatherland, condemned to perpetual execration and infamy." Bonaparte no longer had the right to live in Corsica. He had been given a death sentence by his own people."

... Napoleon of course could deal out a good deal of violence and later settled the matter of his differences with Paoli with French troops, and so the Corsicans are still struggling to restore their republic to this day.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


A children's history programme about Bastille Day's origins - pretty good
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