Late Night: 1776: A Good Thing or Not? Reflections on the American Revolution

By: Saturday July 5, 2014 8:00 pm

It’s the 4th of July again: a time for fireworks, picnics, parades and speeches.

We hear references to the Founding Fathers of the United States, exceptional and noble men who helped change history; men like Washington and Jefferson and Franklin and Hamilton and John Adams. We hear their stirring words, words like “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence itself. We hear of their eventual victory in an unequal struggle to secure this country’s independence and liberty from a tyrant of a king ruling over the world’s mightiest empire. We might even hear that the American Revolution kick-started a movement for democracy and human rights that continues across the globe today.

When I hear and read these things, the contrarian in me comes to the fore.

 

It’s Always Been a Class War

By: Sunday October 30, 2011 9:30 am

Whenever conservatives get caught with their hands in the till they shout, “Class Warfare!” at those of us who would like to stop their looting. Thinking this a negative, they forget, I guess, that the American democratic experiment was and is just that: a class war.

It has always been about equality vs. aristocracy. It was in the beginning, is now, and will always be.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Andrew Kolin, State Power and Democracy: Before and During the Presidency of George W. Bush

By: Sunday May 15, 2011 1:59 pm

This compelling book traces the history of the assault on democracy and the rise of a police state that reached its zenith in the George W. Bush administration. From the war on communism, to the war on labor, to the war terrorism, our government has used surveillance, preventive detention, torture, and a climate of fear to consolidate its power and neutralize dissent. Under the guise of nurturing democracy at home and abroad, the U.S. government has actually undermined it.

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