Thursday, June 14, 2012

What's Wrong With Jefferson

"A lot of what Jefferson wrote came from a stunningly ancient, squarely pre-modern place, and this attribute makes his writings uncannily prescient, in addition to elegant, politically astute, and brave," writes Will Hoyt, but what he wrote "was couched in Enlightenment terms that undermined the Anglo-Saxon vision he was trying to uphold, and therefore his project was, in effect, destined to fail" — The Flaw in Jefferson’s Idea of Ward Republics.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

The key problem with Jefferson is that he was a liar who deliberately constructed a public personae that shielded his private debauchery, hatred of orthodox Christianity, and his lust for power and dominion. He loathed anyone challenging him, sought to create a One Party State to govern the country, ignored the Constitution when convenient to do so, operated the largest slave-breading enterprise north of Brazil, and in all likelihood raped at least one of his slaves over a period of years. So, a liar, a totalitarian, a slaver at best and a rapist at worst, an opponent of religion and a despiser of anyone who got in his way. The reason why his philosophy was shaky is that it was never meant to be philosophy at all. It was just propaganda, a useful distraction to keep people from realizing just who and what he really was.

June 15, 2012 at 12:41 AM  

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