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I'd like to comment on your Thomas Paine piece. US history is mythologised in American history classes and I am afraid that whatever you were taught in school is probably false. In as much as Paine was not a member of the aristocracy the revolution of American barrons betrayed him and other workers. They wanted, and got, a new aristocracy and a constitution to limit the population in the name of a false "democracy". they wanted, and got, a federal army to put down the revolution of ordinary people (most famously Shays' Rebellion), most of whom opposed the new constitution because everyone could see it as was anti-Democratic as the British system; merely substituting one set of Lords for another.Here's a pretty short on-line book that covers the topicSuch comments would likely be banned at dKos I'm afraid.
Hey David - thanks for your comment. The book I'm reading is clearly pro-Paine. It accomplished this by going into a fair amount of detail (in the first section) of how Paine was vilified and also extrapolates how bothered Paine was by the failure to achieve a real, meaningful Democracy. Shays' Rebellion is prominently featured.I'll get to the online book probably later today - thanks for the link and for stopping by.
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