Have you seen the Yellow Sign?
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A King in Yellow?
Is France headed for a Sixth Republic?
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There are yellow vests in the Low Countries too.
Egypt sees them as a threat.
All of this is unsurprisingly but disappointingly muted and misrepresented in the propagandistic US mass media.
Certainly public violence incited by the sight of yellow vests (for whatever motives and by whichever "side") easily qualifies as a sign of madness. At this point, the actors are engaged in a spectacle with a recognised script, as well.
Here in the U.S. I think yellow vests most often represent road construction ahead.
Who is the Yellow King?!
This article points out that yellow is the opposite of purple and since purple is the color of royalty, a "king in yellow" is an overthrowing of the symbolic order.
An interesting analysis, and yet more or less randomly true. That is, that the U.S. political parties are aligned with red (GOP) and blue (Democrats), is random, making their alignment (when combined) with royal purple similarly random. It is fascinating the two systems of simulacra align so perfectly: U.S. political factions and sectors from a colour wheel.
On the other hand, the alignment of this thread's title and Chambers' book is the opposite of random!
>6 elenchus: That is, that the U.S. political parties are aligned with red (GOP) and blue (Democrats), is random
I don't think it's so random. Those colors have been consistently identified with the parties for only about 20 years, as a function of decisions made in the mass media for reporting elections. Clearly, they were both chosen as "national" colors, ones from the flag, where the third color "white" would have been problematic. But they were in fact assigned in such a way as to contradict centuries of previous usage in Europe, where "red" is on the ideological left and "blue" on the ideological right.
It's the same reason why the US has a "Labor Day" in the autumn.
Edited to add: Of course, both establishment parties are "two wings of the same bird of prey" (as Upton Sinclair put it), and both are toward the "right" end of a more objective political spectrum. They get to monopolize the "flag" colors because "third" parties are inherently "un-American."
Good point about the US scheme reversing the Continental / British scheme! Somehow I'd not consciously noticed that, though I'd always found it ironic that the party of Red Scare McCarthyism was red. Also a bit surprised that scheme is so recent ... I would have guessed it extended back to Reagan. This article has a few tidbits on alleged rationale for the colour picks -- but I think your broader point still stands, those reasons could be epiphenomena as readily as proximal cause.
So where does the orange come from?
I've never though about colour associations much, except to note that Canada's is the reverse of the US, somewhat, with Red being Liberal and Blue being Conservative, (and somewhere along the lines there was a "white" party and the NDP (New Democratic Party) got the nickname of "pink" because they fell in between that party and the Liberals).
We now have four national parties so in comes Orange (NDP) and Green (Green!). I assume the Green party has green by both name and the environmental focus. I guess, as the NDP is slightly left leaning of Liberal, orange makes sense as on the colour wheel that it falls (in one direction anyway) on the opposite side of red than blue. Or maybe it just looks okay when all the colours are put together on a map.
On the yellow vest, to me those are people who you need to be on alert for, whether they are sign men for construction or bikers in the dark. I don't think much of them unless I'm in my car.
(I might have something more relevant to say once I've actually read the King in Yellow. ;))
US Republicans and Democrats are both regrettably "green" ($$$$$) in their orientation.
>9 WeeTurtle: Canada's is the reverse of the US, somewhat, with Red being Liberal and Blue being Conservative
I'll bet you have Labor Day on May 1, too.
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