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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Happy 1/4 - Now we need a 1/5 (revised)

This year I plan to light off fireworks and take part in a family cook out with my family. That is about the extent of it. I just don’t find a whole lot to celebrate on the 4th of July anymore. But I do like to remind people that there are a few good things about the US revolution, as well as some not-so-good things. So here a slight revamp of an earlier piece:

The most important thing about the US revolution was that it served as a turning point from Feudalism to capitalism, one of the shifts that Karl Marx believed was important in his stages of human economic and political development: From Feudalism to Capitalism, from Capitalism to Socialism, from Socialism to Communism.

The Republicans (anti-aristocrats at that time) included both Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson. They differed from Hamilton and his Federalists who wanted to create some kind of aristocracy.  In his later writings, Paine condemned the Federalists for trying to reverse the US revolution and what it stood for.
Paine went to France to take part in the French Revolution, for which he wrote “The Rights of Man.” He fell out of favor of France’s first non-aristocratic leader, Maximilien Robespierre.
Paine remained in France until 1802, when he returned to America on an invitation from Thomas Jefferson, who had been elected president.
He condemned Napoleon Bonaparte's coup d'état, overthrowing the Directory, calling him "the completest charlatan that ever existed."
Now fast forward almost 230 years and there is only a skeleton of the original revolution. The now, not-so-young country, United States of America has, condemned the Sandinista revolution against a dictator, supported Saudi Arabia, one of the most complete feudal societies on earth, and the US is now attempting to be the next Roman-like empire, controlling all of the Middle-East.
Today our country has a skeleton left of what was really never overly democracy. We have president, barely elected by people who have instituted torture and concentration camps.
It’s time for the next move—from capitalism to Socialism.
- សតិវ​ អតុ

Something in the Air - Tom Petty

Tracy Chapman - Talkin' bout a Revolution

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