Happy Bastille Day


July 14th celebrates the day the Bastille in Paris was stormed, thus leading to a major turning point in the French Revolution. Shortly after, feudalism was abolished.

Bastille day represents something much bigger than the sovereignty of the people, when one looks deeper, though people often want to leave it at that. Reactionaries often point to the French Revolution as the beginning of modernity, with which they give themselves no option but to have an antogonistic relationship, and many of them would prefer some type of monarchy.

Bastille day represents the moment in history when the Divine Right of Kings died in a metaphysical sense. That's something most reactionaries are not willing to admit. Monarchy was dead long before it was actually abolished (or in some countries, made impotent). Sovereignty was always a two-way relationship. When Royalty failed to do what it needed to keep the demos happy, the demos took over.

Bastille day is a good reminder that power is not about what one possesses, but that it is always a relationship. For whatever good or bad came out of the French Revolution, it was an inevitability born out of the impotence of an old power system that no longer believed in itself enough to continue into the next era.

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The West and Genital Mutilation

We need a new west.

There's no better time to rethink some of our common assumptions than now. We disparage other cultures for female genital mutilation, and as heinous as it is, we dismiss male genital mutilation in this country because we suppose we have a better reason to do so. While we're busy fighting to keep people out who would prefer a clit-cutting community or even just arguing with people who think that letting them in is a gesture of tolerance, perhaps we will take a minute to examine just what it is we're defending.

The following are some common precepts about western life, practices and ideas which are as enduring as they are unquestioned and ignored as often as questioned:

Monarchical Insolvency

Monarchy already lost its way by the time it adorned itself with gold, silver and diamonds. Nobility itself can be defined by one's ability to appropriate everything which is alien and dress it as virtue. The same ornamentation which adorns the bodies of royalty can be likened to the virtues adorning acts of violence lying at the heart of their dominion. 

Parliamentary Inheritance

Perhaps one day we will forget the parlaimentary seating arrangements which occurred after the French Revolution, but until then, we have at least some psychological means of measuring the distance between Left and Right (no matter how absurd the distinction is at the end of the day).