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Last of all he will be able to see the sun, and not mere reflections of him in the water, but he will see him in his own proper place; and he will contemplate him as he is.
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Adams Versus Dickinson. Where Do You Fall?

Are you a Dickinson or an Adams? Today, we all think we'd be on Adams' side of the debate. However, given the relationship between the colonies and the British crown, and the people who populated the Continental Congress, I don't think the choice is really all that clear cut.

Imagine it this way: you live in a small territory recently purchased and controlled by the United States. You moved there from your home state where you'd lived most of your life, in order to set up a US outpost, and make a new life for yourself.

Gradually, the federal government starts taking arbitrary liberties with your territory. Revoking constitutionally guaranteed rights, on the basis that it's not "really" the US. Ignoring your pleas for redress. Forcing you to quarter US troops in your home against your will, stationed there because of the strategic importance of the territory.

Then, after a brief protest over these rights violations that gets particularly violent, the US cracks down HARD, and...

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March 28, 2021

Where my Hegelians at?
Now that I have your attention...
As Greg @ExitingTheCave knows, I'm an author-illustrator of YA historical fiction. I have a philosophical tangle I need help with, and where better to find answers than here?
My current novel is about the Berlin Wall going up in 1961, with twin brothers ending up on either side. The most troubling part of my research is, as I wrap my head around Marxism, finding how similar it is to Nazism in many ways, and how ignorant people are of this fact. I went in with an open mind, wanting to steel-man any "ism" before I critiqued it—no, before critiquing it, just trying to understand how anyone could fall for it. Once again I find that the political "spectrum" is really the "horseshoe" at which extremes of "Left" and "Right" turn out to be the same sorts of people (see, for example, Gentile, the Left-wing philosopher of Mussolini's Fascism, for a real brain-squeezer).
So I went looking for some roots, and found that both Marx...

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