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  •  in large part, the American Revolution worked (4+ / 0-)
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    because we were just a political, economic and military backwater that nobody cared about. No one interfered with us, and we had no outside interests of our own to goad us into interfering with ourselves. Even France, who made our Revolution to a greater extent than we did (there were more French troops at Yorktown than American, under a French General), abandoned and ignored us afterwards.

    Few nations today have that luxury.

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Sun Feb 02, 2014 at 07:34:13 AM PST

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    •  Without the support of the French, the (2+ / 0-)
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      American Revolution very likely would have been lost.  

      We had neither the money nor the military goods to succeed without them. Even our national lore celebrates the contributions of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette. And French support also legitimized the cause in the eyes of much of Europe.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Sun Feb 02, 2014 at 08:57:12 AM PST

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    •  I think the American Revolution worked (1+ / 0-)
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      because the United Kingdom had overreached, politically and geographically. America was simply too remote to hold onto effectively.

      "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

      by Geenius at Wrok on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 05:04:02 AM PST

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