Revolution Blues

I’ve been following Mike Duncan’s excellent podcast Revolutions. He is still on the French Revolution, because that is the complicated one.

The French Revolution is like a particularly bad carnival ride. As in the collapse of many nations, the student must make an effort to cease caring and enjoy the ride. If you bleed for these poor people you will learn little. And your anemia will be a thing of horror even to vampires and mosquitoes.

Harvest of Revolution

Macdonough’s Song

     Rudyard Kipling

Whether the State can loose and bind
In Heaven as well as on Earth:
If it be wiser to kill mankind
Before or after the birth–

These are matters of high concern
Where State-kept schoolmen are;
But Holy State (we have lived to learn)
Endeth in Holy War.

Whether The People be led by The Lord,
Or lured by the loudest throat:
If it be quicker to die by the sword
Or cheaper to die by vote–
These are things we have dealt with once,
(And they will not rise from their grave)
For Holy People, however it runs,
Endeth in wholly Slave.

Whatsoever, for any cause,
Seeketh to take or give
Power above or beyond the Laws,
Suffer it not to live!
Holy State or Holy King–
Or Holy People’s Will–
Have no truck with the senseless thing.
Order the guns and kill!

Saying –after–me:–

Once there was The People–Terror gave it birth;
Once there was The People and it made a Hell of Earth
Earth arose and crushed it. Listen, 0 ye slain!
Once there was The People–it shall never be again!

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