The fight to found America was a fundamentally philosophical battle. What is the nature of man? Can mankind be herded like cattle to be the underlings of an empire? The Founding Fathers had another idea for the destiny of man. The Founders knew that “wisdom is the science of happiness.” This was the principal influence on leaders of the American Revolution, such as Benjamin Franklin; and that idea of happiness was the basis for the Declaration of Independence. This idea is also what our Southern ancestors meant to maintain at the cost of their lives, liberty and property. They fought to maintain the Republican form of government inherited from their fathers. One, Abraham Lincoln intended to end. Even if that meant the total extermination of the Southland and Her people.
We were meant to be a “beacon of hope and temple of liberty” for Western Man, a society where education is universal, and where the individual can be proud to use his mind to make an eternal contribution to our folk.
Historically, those who have defended the system of empire as the best system of government have been convinced, and have tried to convince others, that man is a beast. Their major concern was that the majority of mankind must be managed and herded like cattle; and therefore, they crafted many philosophies of how this is to be done. That is precisely what the American colonists where revolting against.
With the assassination of John Kennedy, the United States underwent a shift in military, as well as, economic policy. We became a predatory consumer society, from the powerful productive nation we had become. With this shift, came a completely new set of values, which were the reflection of a change in the minds of the American population concerning their conception of the fundamental nature of man.
The absolutely unique nature of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence was the key, in giving our former great leaders of the United States the power that was needed to get through the chaotic moments in our history, moments which threatened the existence of the Republic. The intention of the cultural shift that this nation underwent beginning in the period immediately following the assassination of JFK, exemplified by the introduction of the sex-drug-rock counterculture—was to attack this notion. The attack was meant to eliminate the ability of individuals to change society, and ultimately to change themselves. The “ideal” society, according to the authoritarians, is depicted in the pages of books that youth are forced to read in high school, written by such authors as H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, and George Orwell.
The question of change is more or less an ontological question, dealing with the way in which the universe is composed. But, it points to another question, one of epistemology: How do you know what you think you know?
Are we limited by what our senses tell us about the world, or can we go beyond that? As Plato conveys, in the allegory of the cave in The Republic, the impressions that our senses make on us are as shadows on a cave wall. Man alone has the power of mind to create a hypothesis and test it. This is true human creativity, as is expressed in Classical art. Man can know the unseen principles that govern the shadows that we are experiencing.
In this way, all men are created equal, in that we can know truth, and use it to change ourselves and the world.
Truth is the most powerful force in the universe and it is always followed by a moral question: Are you willing to act upon that truth? Are you willing to change the way you previously thought, or lived your life, in accordance with that truthful principle that you just discovered? Once you know that you are not an animal that goes by what its senses tell it is pleasurable, are you willing to give up those things which you once thought were comfortable, but which you now know, are not truthful?
-By Séarlas MacDhúghaill
Oh, I'm a good old Rebel, now that's just what I am; For this "Fair Land of Freedom" I do not give a damn! I'm glad I fit against it, I only wish we'd won, And I don't want no pardon for anything I done.