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  1. Feb 2019
    1. Any local, state or national government, or any political machine, in order to live, must give the people assurance that they can express their will freely and that their votes will be counted. The most powerful machine cannot exist without the support of the people. Political bosses and political machinery can be good, but the minute they cease to express the will of the people, their days are numbered.

      A very powerful sentiment aligned with the US Declaration of Independence.

  2. Oct 2018
    1. Learning is a subversive act.

      YES! In American schools you are indoctrinated with the premise: "There is no difficult material. There are only difficult learners." The "trial-by-failure" prevalent in the 70's and 80's, that if you repeat a subject you truly do not nor will not ever understand, Algebra in my case, you are somewhat "subversive" to the rest of classroom, the teacher and especially the school. Report card comments: asks too many questions/asks no questions, disruptive/sleeps in class, no effort given, won't get tutored after school labels the learner without labelling the conformity of the classroom: fit in or be shut out. Excellent point!

  3. Jun 2017
    1. governments are instituted among men

      Jefferson got ideas for the constitution from "Genuine Principles of the Ancient Saxons"

    2. Prudence indeed will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light & transient causes;

      [I have no doubt that Jefferson studied The genuine principles of the ancient Saxon, or English constitution, Volume 4 prior to writing the Declaration of Independence]

      (https://books.google.com/books?id=jatbAAAAQAAJ&dq=Prudence%20indeed%20will%20dictate%20that%20governments&pg=PA41#v=onepage&q=Prudence%20indeed%20will%20dictate%20that%20governments&f=false)

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    3. that all Men are created equal;

      [

      Jefferson possibly looked at John Tillotson's "archbishop of Canterbury" (pg. 264), when Creating the Declaration of Independence](https://books.google.com/books?id=X7ZbAAAAQAAJ&dq=all%20men%20are%20created%20equal&pg=PA264#v=onepage&q=all%20men%20are%20created%20equal&f=false)

  4. May 2017
    1. Databases must parse

      But behind the database is a human (or group of humans) who made decisions regarding why and how the database should parse that information, right? I suppose this is part of the "interdependence," but unlike the bird and water buffalo, the database will not wander away and start making it's own sets of data points surrounding Whitman's work, right? The database cannot be truly independent. (Or maybe it can?)

  5. Apr 2017
    1. which hath stirred up the In- dians and Negroes to destroy us

      The charge that the British Crown had induced Native Americans to attack colonists was later repeated in the Declaration of Independence.

    1. Back in the 1960s and '70s, that debate led to a brand new school design: Small classrooms were out. Wide-open spaces were in. The Open Education movement was born.

      Independence High School in Columbus, OH was like this!

  6. Mar 2017
    1. independent of male support

      From Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication:

      "Consequently, the most perfect education, in my opinion, is such an exercise of the understanding as is best calculated to strengthen the body and form the heart. Or, in other words, to enable the individual to attain certain habits of virtue as will render it independent. In fact, it is a farce to call any being virtuous whose virtues do not result from the exercise of reason."

  7. Apr 2015
    1. “When we were fighting for our independence, lost three million lives, where were they so-called Troika?” he queried, in denial of their contribution to the independence of South Sudan.

      What happened in the independence process of South Sudan, and why was it suddenly disrupted?

  8. Sep 2013
    1. There is, indeed, a capacity for long life that is quite independent of health or strength; for many people live long who lack the excellences of the body; but for our present purpose there is no use in going into the details of this.

      Or independence, getting to my earlier point.

    2. A man cannot fail to be completely independent if he possesses these internal and these external goods; for besides these there are no others to have.

      It sounds like he is placing "independence" at the base of all happiness. I do not disagree, but I would hope it is debatable, since it is not possible for all people at all times to be independent.