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The way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. – Vladimir Lenin

The Spirit of a True Radical: Thomas Jefferson

Posted by iusbvision on September 9, 2009

I think this video may go a little too far. With that said it makes some very interesting points that can push you right out of your comfort zone.

Some people would freak if they had ANY idea what Bible thumping, greek history reading, philosophy geek, gun-toting radicals most of the Founding Fathers really were. They were literally ready to shoot people over a tax that today we would consider small. They believed that if the government’s thugs pushed too far that it was your duty as an American to resist with force of arms.  Jefferson very much believed that if any government went too far and disobeyed the Constitution and as a result the citizens extracted some of the government’s blood as a result that it was a good thing and should happen from time to time. History has become SO white washed and filtered that most people really don’t understand the hearts and minds of the Founders. As much as I admire Jefferson, I don’t think I could be as hard core as he was.

The norm for the world is tyranny of some type or oligarchy and central control. America’s experiment in human freedom, by world standards, is radical libertarian stuff. By OUR standards, having a society that is used to freedom, here the radicals are those who wish to be more like the rest of the world.

So the video asks, “Are Honduran’s more patriotic than we Americans and are they more in line with the ‘spirit of Jefferson’ than we Americans are?” This video makes the case that this may very well be the situation we find ourselves in. The Honduran people did the right thing as they caught their own president red-handed going for a fast version of the “Hugo Chavez take over”. 

This video is important to watch, even if you don’t agree it is thought provoking and a bit discomforting, which makes it a good intellectual exercise.

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