Paris justifies all sins?
A little piece of history that needs more explanation...
Revolutionaries in both France and America were engaged and engorged with the totally insane ideas of equality
The loonies on this side of the Atlantic wrote these genocidal ideas into our doomed system in 1787. Shortly thereafter, the lethality of these ideas was EXPOSED AND EXPERIMENTALLY PROVED in France.
Why didn't anyone NOTICE the proof and TAKE BACK the genocidal ideas? These dudes were like Age of Enlightenment types and shit, passionate around like Secularism and like Scientific Method and shit.
Several of our loonies participated in the French genocide. Tom Paine was in Paris doing his loony stuff, and later ended up in prison for being insufficiently loony, as is typical of revolutions. He escaped through a combination of errors.
Other Americans mysteriously saw France as a source of money for capitalist projects. John Fitch,
the real inventor of the steamboat, tried to get financing from France even though his steamboat was already running, carrying passengers and making a profit.
He visited Paris in 1793 at the height of the terror, trying to persuade Paine to provide some money. Paine refused, kept the plans and later gave them to Robert Fulton, who was already in Paris and presumably more ideologically pure. (Paine seems to have been an allaround traitor and fuckhead. Probably should have been beheaded on general principles.)
Morse had been painting in Paris for a while. After he invented the telegraph he went back to Paris to get money, without success. The effort nearly ruined him.
Why did all of these men magnetize toward Paris, which was expensive and deadly and fruitless, instead of staying here cheaply and sanely? Why was torture and terror more attractive than self-sufficiency?