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  •  I used to teach American politics as part of (3+ / 0-)

    a comparative politics 1st year university course in the UK. While I discussed the constitution which was the main objective, I did not think that the declaration of independence, the constitution and the whole basis of the American republic could be understood without reference to the ideas of the enlightenment. Locke's destruction of the divine right of kings, the idea of a social contract and civil society and the support of universal suffrage and against slavery form the basis of the arguments in support of the bourgeois democratic revolutions that created the US.

    Without this information, it appears as though these ideas come out of the minds of the founders of the republic like Athena sprung out of the head of Zeus rather than a part of the transformation from absolutist monarchies towards the creation of constitutional republics and democracies.

    No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable (Adam Smith, 1776, I, p. 96).

    by NY brit expat on Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 10:25:02 AM PST

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