“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom”

Most Americans think July 4, 1776, birthed a nation. It’s didn’t. It actually birthed 13 independent nations that soon formed a union. The notion that Independence Day birthed a nation is part of a broader “one nation” myth advanced by the likes of Joseph Story and Abraham Lincoln, and perpetuated by the Pledge of Allegiance.

In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I debunk the “one nation” myth starting with the Declaration of Independence and then moving forward to the ratification of the Constitution. I answer the key question – where does sovereignty lie in the American political system?


Thoughts from Maharrey Head focuses on constitutional issues and political decentralization. When you’re finished listening, you’ll be 10 minutes closer to freedom!

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The Declaration of Independence Birthed 13 Sovereign Nations

Report of 1800 – James Madison

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