Punk was a reactionary movement directed at the “peace and love” culture of the mid 70s (like I said, I took a much needed break from sequins and satin). Jon Savage (famed Sex Pistols historian) called it a “bricolage of every previous youth culture in the western world since WWII stuck together with safety pins” (brilliant!). Having lived a formative portion of my pubescent years steeped in this anti-establishment movement (much to my mom’s horror–she charged me rent for my blue Mohawk), I hesitate to agree with you that Vetements is punk. The ideology is, perhaps, partially there: piss-off the established few (check, although they get the gag); take direct and immediate action upon society (sort of check); submit to non-conformist style (sorry, no check: it’s not DIY in someone’s garage); and never sell out (sorry, no check: they’re selling to the masses in luxe boutiques). So the jury has deliberated: punk, they are not! Just like I can’t hang a rope from a stark white room and say, HEY, this is conceptual art. It’s already been done. The movement has passed. So Vetements cannot be punk. They need to be something else. Can we name a new movement with this? SoPo faux expressionism (aka: Socio-Political faux expressionism)….
Paine’s Rights of Man led to his indictment for seditious libel and this forced Paine out of Great Britain. A concerted campaign against Paine was effective in making him a figure of hate or at least suspicion, apart from all but his most loyal supporters. With the advent of the Napoleonic wars, the atmosphere of nationalism intensified the suspicion of anyone with radical sympathies and Paine increasingly was seen as an outcast in Great Britain. It was perhaps ironic that Paine later turned on Napoleon – after Napoleon’s moves towards dictatorship. Paine described him as “the completest charlatan that ever existed”. This was despite Napoleon once claiming he slept with a copy of Paine’s Rights of Man under his pillow. In 1797, Paine had even wrote an essay on how Napoleon may invade Britain.