CMOT: Hurray! Another intellectual wannabe discovers public choice economics!
Wow Just Wow: The whole thing is worth reading. The penultimate one-sentence paragraph stood out to me: “Sectional interest and animosity will deepen the irritation, and all hope of remedy is rendered vain, by the fact that public opinion at the North has invested a great political error with the sanction of more erroneous religious belief.” This is some American Malvern stuff right here. Sounds to me that they understood perfectly well they were dealing with a growing super-protestant...
Grurray: One thing that helped keep the British from advancing past coastal strongholds was a guerilla war in New Jersey.
Isegoria: I fixed the links. Thanks for noticing, David. Those permalinks were in the old Blogger style, from back in the day, not the new(er) WordPress style.
Abraham Blinkin: To correct a small point, the U.S. Constitution did allow “a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution” to be President, but the time of that adoption had long passed by 1861.
Slovenian Guest: Of course, parties would never intentionally conspire. Conspiracy isn’t a crime in and of itself in U.S. law, these aren’t the droids you’re looking for, and there is not even a smidgen of corruption anywhere!
Abraham Hagar: An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. – Gandhi
Alrenous: “I don’t want to fight; therefore, nobody wants to fight.” “As a bonus, if I have to impose religion/Enlightenment/& #8217;individualism̵ 7;, I will have to fight to make them submit.” “Look, Mom, I’m rational!”
Lucklucky: Obviously false. If you don’t have right to say “No!” then there is no individualism.