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The Wreck

rpexplorer Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 5:09 AM
Is the market, and those participating, decoupled from the reality of Washington with its obvious ineptness. Is this the beginning of a bubble as the 3 trillion you mention begins to move? One of the byproducts of the French Revolution was the execution of the majority of experienced French navel sea captains. This also resulted in (or made much easier) the English dominance of the seas during the Napoleonic wars.

Known as the most famous sea disaster of the nineteenth century, The Wreck of Medusa was captured by Theodore Gericault in 1819. The story of the painting, and the actual event, serve as a cautionary tale for all mankind and, with numerous parables, should resonate loudly with Americans and our current political and economic climate.

In June 1816, the French ship Medusa set sail with three other ships for the Senegalese port of Saint-Louis. Following the defeat of Napoleon by the Sixth Coalition, France adopted a new constitution that called for a constitutional monarchy and reinstated Louis XVIII after 23 years in...