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Guillotine Chic

The new fad on the far left is not cool or funny. Here’s the real story of what it celebrates.

Execution by guillotine of Robespierre (1758–1794) and his conspirators. Robespierre mounts scaffold. In cart left of scaffold are Hanriot, Robespieree, Dumas, and Saint-Just. Behind them are are 14 conspirators in two carts. Contemporary hand-colored lithograph by de Vinck. (Universal History Archive/Getty)

I n recent weeks, a new prop has been turning up in the street theater of protest: the guillotine.

It’s showed up outside the White House with an effigy of Donald Trump.

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Cathy Young

Cathy Young

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Russian-Jewish-American writer. Associate editor, Arc Digital; contributor, Reason, Newsday, The Forward etc. https://www.patreon.com/CathyYoung