Monthly Archives July 2013

Fourth of July Afterthoughts by Nigel Cameron

Of American Independence in C21:
Four Considerations as we look ahead

Nigel Cameron

As July 4 rolls around, it is the most natural thing in the world for Americans to look back. Each nation is defined by its past, the pull of history a potent shaper of present identity. While this is true of all nations, and explains the pathologies of many, when the nation is the United States it bears especial significance. For this nation alone may be seen, and sees itself, as a construct. A voluntary society, isolated in splendor by shining seas. One nation determined not by race, as are most, but ultimately by will. A nation that though birthed in a colonial revolt determined – atop the best of the 18th century enlightenment – to be defined by a set of ideas...

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