Tuesday, May 24, 2016

History: The Year is 1793

I've uploaded year 1793 to the TSP Wiki...


Here are some one liners...

Off with Their Heads! The Reign of Terror is Here -- It is really horrible when in the name of love, liberty and brotherhood, thousands of people must lose their heads in France.

I Owe My Soul to the Company Store -- Sam Slater builds a town around his factory to attract workers that worry about their little girls traveling so far to work. I talk about child labor laws and the family farm.

In Other News -- The cotton gin, runaway slaves and Canada abolishing slavery, almost.

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.

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