Restless Europe

Today is the anniversary of The Coup of 18-19 Brumare, which led to the rise of Napoleon. It is the anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch led by Adolf Hitler, a stepping stone on his rise to power. 15 years later we have the Kristallnacht. Lately we have Muslim youths rioting all over France.

Is this just a traditionally restless day in Europe?

For those that love The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein, you'll be interested in De Doc's analysis.

I find myself thinking of The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress. The novel’s heroes wish to overthrow the rule of the UN, and form a cabal to that end. They plan and work, carefully, diligently, towards being able to mount such a revolution. But the revolution happens spontaneously, as the result of a gang rape carried out by a squad of the UN’s troopers. The cabal finds itself swept up in the spontaneous riot…
and turns it INTO an uprising, and then a revolution.

It's a swell book, but I wouldn't use it as a blueprint for revolution. I do believe, however, that it has insight into organizations that sweep into power vacuums. links:

Josh Poulson

Posted Wednesday, Nov 9 2005 07:50 AM

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Young people rioting in Paris's suburbs are not muslims and they are not rioting all over France!
France is really calm with the exception of some suburbs near Paris and Lyon.
It is exaggeration to say that they are rioting all over France.
those young people are french some are muslim put that's not the majority.


Posted Monday, Nov 14 2005 08:41 AM

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