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Teachers Union President: Behead the Wealthy

Posted: January 9, 2013 at 2:15 pm   /   by

Some might think that the references I occasionally make to the French Revolution—and the left’s ideological provenance therefrom—are overwrought. (In fact, I made a couple of such references earlier today.)

First of all, from the standpoint of political history and political philosophy, they’re not overwrought, they’re accurate. But occasionally, the left will let the mask slip and show you just how much kinship they really have with Rousseau, Robespierre, Saint-Juste, and the bloodthirsty mob of 1790s France. Not just in a philosophical way, but in a much more active, visceral, disturbingly present way:

Give Karen Lewis a microphone, and you never know what she’s going to say. Lewis is the president of the Chicago Teachers Union… you know, the one who led the strike last year leaving so many students without teachers. Now, she’s talking about the so-called “wealth disparity” in America and harkening back to the days when the wealthy were beheaded.

As reported by, Lewis was giving a speech at the Illinois Labor History Society’s “Salute to Labor’s Historic Heroes from the History Makers of Today” conference. She drew laughter when she mentioned that back in the “old days,” the evil wealthy people were simply beheaded.

Not overwrought at all, really. Statists are both power-mad and utopian in their thinking. If you stand in the way of their utopian project, you are by definition evil. Whatever happens to you . . . well, on ne fait pas d’omelettes sans casser des oeufs.

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
Christopher Cook