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Portland’s Jacobin

September 8, 2020

In my post for September 7, I recall Irving Kristol’s reference to “a Jacobin contempt for the “mere” forms of law and order and civility.

Kristol was well versed in the history of the French Revolution and understood that a “Jacobin” represented a reign of terror during the height of the French Revolution.

The names of two men are associated with “the Terror.” Robespierre and St. Just.

It is worth re-reading Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France or, view the 1983 film “Danton” with Gérard Depardieu as Georges Danton.

Then read the comments directed at President Trump by Portland’s mayor, Ted Wheeler:

“It’s you who have created the hate and the division,” Wheeler said addressing Trump. “It’s you who have not found a way to say the names of black people killed by police officers, even as people in law enforcement have, and it’s you who claim that white supremacists are good people.”

“You’ve tried to divide us more than any other figure in modern history and now you want me to stop the violence that you helped create,” Wheeler said to Trump. “What America needs is you to be stopped so we can come back together as one America.”

Ted Wheeler is Portland’s “Jacobin.”

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