June 22, 2020
Oh. So THAT'S What it Means
The protestors in Seattle are annoyed by the moniker that the media has assigned them (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone or C.H.A.Z.). And to be fair, CHAZ is silly. To rectify this public relations problem they have demanded that they be referred to as C.H.O.P. (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest). This did not seem like an improvement to me but it turns out that C.H.O.P. has the advantage of honesty, as this fellow in the embedded video helpfully explains. "Does anybody here know what happened to the people who did not get on board with the French Revolution?” to which the crowd cheers "CHOP!"
I've got a degree in History. Trust me when I say that this is bad.
...and for those who think this can't affect those of us in the hinterlands if these people win, here is a Quillette article on what for us is a relevant subset of The Terror...The Rape of the Vendee'
I'm gonna go out on a limb and suggest that we go ahead and call them what they want to be called here, for clarity's sake.
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The French revolutionaries - the original ones, not the 19th century remake - at least had the defense that they didn't have the catastrophe of the French Revolution to learn from.
CHOP is the last days of the Paris Commune, produced as a kindergarten class play, where all the participants have been handed unlimited meth, spray paint, and automatic weapons.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Mon Jun 22 09:18:35 2020 (PiXy!)
I have always compared the protesters of the Occupied/SJW/BLM/et al to the young people who made up the Red Guards of the Cultural Revolution...Immediately before they understood that they had outlived their usefulness to the powerful who had taken advantage of them, and now were facing the machine guns of the PLA while standing in front of the ditches.
BTW, it is interesting that someone brings up the Vendee, because it is actually amazing the rebels got as far as they did. Even after the Republic's crushing response, even Napoleon had to make deals with them, and they always required an occupational force to maintain order, right through the Hundred Days.
Posted by: cxt217 at Mon Jun 22 18:02:28 2020 (4i7w0)
cxt217: Agreed on the ultimate fate of the 'protesters' should they be successful, though I tend to compare them more to the Brownshirts marching towards The Night of Long Knives.
Posted by: StargazerA5 at Wed Jun 24 19:25:42 2020 (ScvBk)
My money is on "spectacular self-destruction that barely gets reported before something else shoves it quickly
out of the media cycle."
Posted by: DougO at Wed Jun 24 20:12:14 2020 (YsGFk)
"I've got a degree in History."
Been waiting a while to say that?
Posted by: Rick C at Fri Jun 26 11:33:43 2020 (Iwkd4)
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