“Look about you and you will see adventurers uppermost everywhere; in the government, in the towns, in your villages, in the country, even. We are a nation of changes . . . . The constant recurrences of the election accustom men to changes in their public functionaries; the great increase in population brings new faces; and the sudden accumulation of property places new men in conspicuous stations.”—James Fenimore Cooper,
Few people today fully appreciate just how insightful the founding fathers of America really were. Limiting the power of central government because they knew that problems are local in origin and require local solution is lost on our generation. One size shoe fits few feet.
If only we could find another frontier to allow us to escape the government bondage that has been created this last 150 years. I'm too old for it now, but imagine entire worlds, like the Moon or Mars, to spread into. That's where I would be looking to go if I were a young man. Barring an epiphany on what is truly moral, i.e. rational self-interest, by a significant portion of the world's population that is the only hope for finding the kind of freedom to live our 19th century ancestors enjoyed.
This period of human history truly is a wonder to behold. And it should have its own 10-part TV series.
Talk about the migratory flow of literally millions! And its importance to the advance of humanity!
Well done introduction and description ...a book in the works maybe?
I LOVE this one. I think I'm going to print out hard copies to mail to each of my grand-daughters, with a note saying "THIS is your heritage. Treasure it."
Very well done...again!