A previous post described the random free spectacles of the Paris streets. The largest and most ostentatious free show had a steady schedule. Every day, between 2:00 and 4:00 PM, the wealthy shamelessly exposed their luxury to each other, and to the unwashed masses, in the Bois de Boulogne parade. 942 more words
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In our first installment of the Impolitic reading series, Paul and Sean tackle Leonard Read’s libertarian classic, “I, Pencil” (1958). Then the boys get mad as hell about Brett Kavanaugh before closing out with a strained historical comparison of post-Cold War America and Second Empire France. 43 more words
September 5, 1863 – Confederate Lieutenant General Edmund Kirby Smith urged foreign envoy John Slidell to get France to intervene on the Confederacy’s behalf so that the French puppet regime in Mexico would have a friendly neighbor to the north. 764 more words
September 5, 1863 – Charles Francis Adams, U.S. minister to Great Britain, threatened war unless the British stopped clandestinely building warships for the Confederacy.
Adams had demanded that the British government investigate allegations that naval warships were being built in British shipyards for Confederate use. 560 more words