July 4, 1776

July 4, 1776

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    A quick, fun read for this evening:

    What Life Was Like in 1776 - WSJ.com

    Almost every American knows the traditional story of July Fourth—the soaring idealism of the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress's grim pledge to defy the world's most powerful nation with their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.
    But what else about revolutionary America might help us feel closer to those founders in their tricornered hats, fancy waistcoats and tight knee-breeches?

    Those Americans, it turns out, had the highest per capita income in the civilized world of their time. They also paid the lowest taxes—and they were determined to keep it that way.
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    Free markets, free minds, open borders, defiance of humiliation by humble folk who led from the front. Given that the base line was low, there has never been such increase in wealth for individuals or for the aggregate nation as the first hundred and fifty years of this country.
    The social engineers can try their tweaks, but the greatest human progress comes in revolutionary times of actively declaring independence from tyranny and oppression, and our founders have an enduring effect on transforming humanity.
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    Earlier today I was watching the Military Channel and they were showing that war. I never tire of watching those and what it took to gain our independence. Crazy time.
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