Tag Archives: American Revolution

[BONUS] In Pursuit of Utopia – Episode 4 – Common Sense

Today we take a look at the aims and ideals of the American and French revolutions as well as the results. How'd they go? France quickly descended into headlessness, and the USA slowly morphed into the quasi-police/corporate state of today, perhaps wandering into headlessness territory? Did the founders make a fatal mistake by establishing any central government at all? No matter how small they intended to keep it? Was that utopian thinking or the absence of it? The founders were right on plenty - like in embracing the colonial spirit of rugged individualism and leaving people alone, but the seed of central planning was left in the soil. BUT, here's the difficult question: looking at the results in France, and ...

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[BONUS] In Pursuit of Utopia – Episode 3 – Noble Lies

Daniel McCarthy and I continue on monthly discussion on the history of Utopian visions and their consequences. In this episode: "The development from Aquinas through Locke and Newton represents more than four hundred years of stumbling, tortuous, prodigious effort to secularize the Western mind, i.e., to liberate man from the medieval shackles. It was the buildup toward a climax: the eighteenth century, the Age of Enlightenment. For the first time in modern history, an authentic respect for reason became the mark of an entire culture; the trend that had been implicit in the centuries-long crusade of a handful of innovators now swept the West explicitly, reaching and inspiring educated men in every field. Reason, for so long the wave of ...

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