Tag Archives: Declaration of Independence

Debunking the “One Nation” Myth: Thoughts from Maharrey Head 146

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“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 […]

The Evolution of Sovereignty in American Political Thought – Part 1

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This is part 1 of a 2-part series examining the evolution of American political thought as it relates to sovereignty in the political system. When Americans talk about the Revolution, they generally mean the fight with the British. But there was a more fundamental revolution that began long before the first shot was fired and […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #52: The Declaration of Independence

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” I this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about the Declaration of Independence and secession. The recent Brexit vote has a lot of people talking about the idea of secession. Americans by-and-large have this strange, incongruous view of the idea. On the one hand, they celebrate secession every […]

Independence: A Revolutionary Idea

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Today, Americans celebrate America. We wave flags. We thank the troops. We shoot off fireworks. We march in parades.  And we talk about the greatness of America and her fight for independence. But the Fourth of July has come to mean something far deeper than a celebration of the birth of a “nation” to me. […]