The Declaration of Independence

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The Declaration of Independence

PostBy: franco b On: Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:24 pm

Was reading the book "The Virginian" and came across this:

"It was through the Declaration of Independence that we Americans acknowledged the ETERNAL INEQUALITY of man. For by it we abolished a cut-and-dried aristocracy. We had seen little mere artificially held up in high places, and great men artificially held down in low places, and our own justice-loving hearts abhorred this violence to human nature. Therefore, we decreed that every man should thenceforth have equal liberty to find his own level. By this very decree we acknowledged and gave freedom to true aristocracy, saying, "Let the best man win, whoever he is." Let the best man win! That is America's word. That is true democracy. And true democracy and true aristocracy are one and the same thing. If anybody cannot see this, so much the worse for his eyesight."

The book is available on Project Gutenberg, free, if you would like to read it. It is regarded as a classic, and so it is.
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Re: The Declaration of Independence

PostBy: mikeandgerry On: Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:17 am

The founders recognized that aristocracy is the legacy of genius. They also knew that though genius always initiates the aristocratic lineage, it does not characterize its legacy. Over time, the rapacious and incompetent aristocrats become greedy squatters holding to ransom the opportunities rightfully reserved for the talented. Therein lies the eternal inequity among men.

The greatest institution of the US after the republic itself is free public secondary education. The current trend to commercialize and manage the opportunities for higher education toward a single viewpoint sickens me. Higher liberal education (and indeed some technical education also) has been taken over by aristocratic interlopers, that is, those who wish to associate themselves with the thinkers of the past but do not have the talent to carry forward the enlightened work of their predecessors. They have held at ransom from the talented, the burdened, and the free-thinking, the prime method of furthering classical liberal thinking. They have usurped the academic discussions and curricula to hold power at the expense of liberty. It is a travesty in a liberal society.

Who can justify a BA degree at a price of a quarter million dollars? Currently only the incompetent aristocrats. Who will guide our nation when the aristocrats discover they have no clothes?

The obnoxious contemporary aristocracies are in all of our institutions: politics, religion, education, business and finance. The evidence for this assertion is always close at hand. Our progress has been nil for over thirty years when one considers the state of our culture, society, education and finance. Our opportunities have been replaced by false guarantees and rights. No man has a right to success. He only has a right to pursue it.
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Re: The Declaration of Independence

PostBy: franco b On: Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:01 pm

Well said. An aristocracy of pseudo intellectuals and thieves.
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Re: The Declaration of Independence

PostBy: mikeandgerry On: Fri Sep 10, 2010 6:40 pm

Yep.
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