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Should you fight them: Russian leaders from 1855 onwards edition

Tsar Alexander II: leave alexander II alone. he just wants to free serfs and liberalize the legal system without having his authority threatened by the nobility. If you fight him you will definitely win, but, you’d be a bad person.

Tsar Alexander III: PLS FITE HIM. I mean, he’s big and burly and stoic and conservative and everything a Russian tsar is “supposed” to be so you will probably get all your limbs broken, but he is a dick, so fight him anyway.

Tsar Nicholas II: Fight him. You will undoubtedly win. He will run all the way to your duel by foot, by means of an extremely dumb and unnecessarily long route, (accidentally fighting the wrong person along the way) and be already totally wiped by the time he arrives. Even when it’s clear it’s a losing battle, and everyone he knows is telling him to just back out of the fight already, he will refuse, consequently pissing off everyone on his side and driving them to beat him up FOR you.

Vladimir Lenin: Don’t fight Lenin. He’s probably been planning his fight strategy for a decade. Bad idea.

Joseph Stalin: Um. Yeah. Don’t fight him. I dont think i need to explain myself, y’all already know the gory deets. Just, yikes, as much as fighting him would be amazing, pls stay far far away. 

~~fast forward~~

Nikita Khrushchev: If you fought him you would winbut he’d probably just read you an angry speech, throw a shoe at you, and then run away to watch star trek.

Leonid Brezhnev: Don’t fight him. He’s got a whole squad of underlings forced to come to his defense and fight you against their will, so, yeah. Don’t.

~~fast forward~~

Mikhail Gorbachev: You could definitely fight him, but you should probably just leave him be. He’ll probably just end up accidentally beating himself up, you wont even have to lift a finger. Anyway, he has a grammy and you don’t, so he’s won in the game of life. 

~~fast forward~~

Putin: i would say fight him but if he caught wind of your plans you would disappear off the face of the earth before you even got a chance.

I need a gifset comparing Keyleth intimidating those devils and then walking away and having a panic attack out of sight this ep with that time Percy spoke all coolly with Raishan and then walked away and hyperventilated around the corner.

“Ici on noie les Algériens” - “Here we drown Algerians

-Graffiti on the Saint-Michel Bridge, after the massacre

The Paris Massacre of 1961

In 1961, France found itself embroiled in a fierce counter-revolutionary war against its colony of Algeria. The war started in 1954, and as it dragged on, anti-Algerian laws and attitudes seeped into mainland France. In retaliation of the brutal suppression of the Algerian independence fighters, several police buildings were bombed in Paris. French police began to ruthlessly target Parisians with Algerian backgrounds; other minorities, like Moroccans, Tunisians, Spaniards, and Italians, were sometimes targeted out of ignorance. Those stopped by police were met with harsh interrogation and outright violence - a disturbingly common method used by French police was to beat, handcuff, then throw a suspect into the Seine, effectively executing them through drowning. Established law followed this trend, and by 1961, it was illegal to merely protest against the Algerian War.

On October 5th, a general curfew of 8:30 PM was enforced against all “Algerian Muslim workers,” “French Muslims” and “French Muslims of Algeria.” Pro-Algerian movements urged Parisians to protest this curfew on the night of the 17th. French police responded by mobilizing some 8,000 + police officers and riot suppression specialists and blocking access to the capital by severing all routes of ingress and egress. Out of the 150,000 Parisians who had Algerian backgrounds, about 40,000 assembled to protest on the night of the 16th. French police cracked down, arresting some 11,000 of the protestors.

However, some 4,000 protestors avoided arrests and were able to peacefully protest on the Grand Boulevards. Stopped by police at the Opéra de Paris, the protestors turned around and reversed their route.

The massacre began shortly after. Near the Rex Cinema, police open fired on the crowd with live ammunition, then charged. A similar scene unfolded on the Neuilly-sur-Seine, with protestors being shot and beaten without cause. French police began to throw dead or unconscious protestors into the Seine, sometimes within sight of the Notre-Dame.

Other protestors were arrested and brought to different locations, like the Palais des Sports, Stade Pierre de Coubertin, or various police headquarters. For almost a week, the prisoners were beaten and tortured, or outright executed. French police who carried out the acts were noted to have stripped all identification off of their uniforms. Bodies and half-alive prisoners were dumped into the Seine at night.

For weeks, bodies washed up on the banks of the Seine. The entire massacre was deliberate and planned, penned and ordered by the head of the Parisian Police, Maurice Papon. Papon would receive the Legion of Honour from Charles du Gaulle later that year.

France never officially recognized the existence of the massacre until nearly four decades later, in 1998. However, official statements only mentioned 40 dead, when other estimates place the toll at closer to 200.

In 1998, Maurice Papon was first convicted of crimes against humanity due to his aiding in the deportation of French-Jewish citizens during the Vichy Regime. In 1999, he was also found guilty of perpetuating the 1961 massacre. He lost all rank and decorations, including his Legion of Honour, but was released in 2002 on the grounds of ill-health.


“I appeal to all of you to get into this great revolution that is sweeping the nation. Get in and stay the streets of every city, every village and hamlet of this nation until true freedom comes, until the revolution of 1776 is complete.” - John Lewis speech at the 1963 March on Washington

reTHG: The Hunger Games - Chapters Five and Six: Cinna

I have a lot of in-depth headcanon about Cinna.  Probably even more than Haymitch, a character I like more, but don’t spend a lot of time thinking about.  Haymitch’s personality is so external, and his history is fleshed out enough (by MJ) to understand his motivations.  Cinna’s are so wide open.  I have a story about Cinna and Portia I really want to write, so I won’t divulge ALL my Cinna theories here, just a few relatively pertinent ones.

When I first read this book, I was vaguely troubled by Katniss’ description of the Capitol citizens, because she’s very judgmental of them, in a superficial way.  To me, the described Capitolite modes of self-expression are not intrinsically offensive – certainly not intolerable – and judging people by the way they look strikes me as fussy and conservative.  I understand Katniss’ revulsion to them – she associates this audience, their lack of misery, their lack of compassion, their numbness to the tributes, with how differently they act and look from the district citizens.  I was more worried about Collins’ judgment, really.

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Citizens, did you want a revolution without revolution? What is this spirit of persecution which has come to revise, so to say, which broke our chains? But how can one submit to a certain judgement the effects which could drive these great commotions? Who can mark, afterwards, the precise point where the waves of popular insurrection have to break? At this price, which people ever could shake the yoke of despotism? Because if it is true that a great nation cannot rise by a simultaneous movement, and that tyranny can only be struck by the portion of citizens which is closer to it, how will those dare to attack it, if, after victory, arrived delegates of the remote parts can make them (x) responsible for the duration or for the violence of the political turmoil which saved the patrie? They have to be regarded as founded of the tacit proxy by the entire society. The French, friends of liberty, [who were] assembled at Paris in the month of last August, acted like this in the name of all the départemens. It is necessary to approve them or to disavow them altogether. To incriminate them for some apparent or real disorders, inseparable from a so great commotion, that would be to punish them for their devotion. They would have the right to tell their judges : «If you disavow the means which we have used for winning, leave us the fruits of victory. Take back your constitution and all your old laws; but give us back the price of our sacrifices and of our fights; give us back our concitoyens, our brothers, or children, who have died for the common cause.»

Excerpt from Robespierre’s response to Louvet, 5 November 1792

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“Maybe there’s some symbolism here… I know it doesn’t look like it but that bird is really a dove asking us for world peace! No more wars!” #BirdieSanders


I didn’t think I could love these people anymore. Can I just be friends with them all please?


Lin-Manuel Miranda talks about Phillipa Soo in his Ars Nova Revolution speech. (x)

In honor of our Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton departure! I wish both of these wonderful people the absolute best!!!

“We Communists are all dead men on leave. Of this I am fully aware. I do not know if you will extend my leave or whether I shall have to join Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg. In any case I await your verdict with composure and inner serenity. For I know that, whatever your verdict, events cannot be stopped. The Prosecuting Counsel believes that the leaders incited the masses. But just as leaders could not prevent the mistakes of the masses under the pseudo-Soviet Republic, so the disappearance of one or other of the leaders will under no circumstances hold up the movement.

And yet I know, sooner or later other judges will sit in this Hall and then those will be punished for high treason who have transgressed against the dictatorship of the proletariat.

Pronounce your verdict if you deem it proper. I have only striven to foil your attempt to stain my political activity, the name of the Soviet Republic with which I feel myself so closely bound up, and the good name of the workers of Munich. They – and I together with them – we have all of us tried to the best of our knowledge and conscience to do our duty towards the International, the Communist World Revolution.”

 - From the last speech of Eugen Leviné, a leader of the Bavarian Council Republic of 1919, spoken at his trial for high treason


2.07 You Say You Want a Revolution - “Freedom from oppression. Freedom of expression. And the hope for a bright future.” 


Unity March in France 01/11/2015

Sorry my fellow Americans, but today, I think we were the most patriotic country in the World.

More than 4 millions of citizens marched all over the country today, together. It was the first time since the Liberation in 1945 that much French people were marching in the streets.

My history teacher told us a story about a class he took in college.
This teacher had read Marx with a bunch of his friends in Highschool and they called themselves the Commies because they thought it was cool to talk about communism and its wonders. As my teacher put it, they all eventually outgrew that stage of their lives when they realized communism was not all it was cracked up to be.
When this teacher got to college he took a unique class. The class was focused on the discussion of politics and ideologies and was taught by three professors- a conservative republican, a liberal democrat, and a diehard communist. At the end of each semester, the professors would sit together and determine each student’s grade in the class. One day the communist begins to preach the beauty and wonders of communism. My teacher, having read Marx and familiar with the flaws of communism, began asking questions that the professor could not answer or would damn communism in answering. The communist professor eventually got so frustrated he yelled at my teacher,“when the revolution comes, you’ll be the first one I off!” At this point I commented to my teacher, “well you’re still here so I guess the revolution didn’t come”.
When my history teacher left class that day everyone was talking bout about how he’d angered the communist. Eventually that professor catches him outside and says sorry for making that comment but that my teacher clearly didn’t understand communism. My teacher responded,“No, sir. You’re just too much of an ideologue to realize that communism is a failure as a system.”
Well grading time rolled around and when the grades were posted my history teacher saw his grade was missing. He finds the democratic and conservative professor who tell him,“ oh we had a really long discussion about your grade.” It seems the communist professor was hell bent on giving my history teacher an F for failing to understand the material. However, the Democratic and Republican professor believers my history teacher in fact had the most intense and thorough knowledge in the class. They gave my history teacher the A he got in the class.