Happy Fourth?

By the crude bridge that arched the flood,

Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled.

Here once embattled farmers stood,

And fired the shot heard round the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Unfortunately for those heroic farmers their revolution was hijacked by the planter class who used the growing discontent with the Crown to insinuate themselves into power after the Brits had been vanquished. The real revolution, the farmers’ revolution—face-to-face democracy, local sovereignty, self-governance by popular consensus, publicly owned banks etc.—which flourished before and during the war, was ruthlessly crushed by a cabal of plutocrats known to posterity as the Founding Fathers. The latter shut down the commoners’ assemblies, the public land banks and all other forms people power and instituted an oligarchic regime as delineated by their Constitution.

And two hundred years later their legatees are still in power.

So that American Revolution failed, maybe next time…

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