Revolution Reconsidered: a Fragment (Guest Starring Bernard Sanders in the Role of Robespierre)

Robespierre: “On his worst day, Louis XVI will be better than that damn Mirabeau. The Comte is a loose cannon, totally unpredictable and, between you and me, quite the drunkard. We wouldn’t want his hand on “Le Bâton à feu”, my friend. Let’s stick with the Bourbons, shall we? Those are the Devils we know! And get this, Saint-Just, I’ve heard on the QT that following the endorsement we’ll receive an invitation to play tennis at the Jeu de Paume and enjoy a slice cake with Queen Marie afterwards! Revolution pays, Citoyen!”

Jeffrey St. Clair is editor of CounterPunch. His most recent book is An Orgy of Thieves: Neoliberalism and Its Discontents (with Alexander Cockburn). He can be reached at: or on Twitter @JeffreyStClair3