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History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution (2 volumes) Paperback – January 1, 1989
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Throughout the Federalist Papers Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, stressed the importance of virtue in the proper functioning of government. I contributed this concept mainly to the influence of Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments, and like readings which were well known by our founders. However, Mercy Otis Warren was a contemporary of our founders, friends of the Adams' family, and well known by our first president. Her ideas no doubt contributed the ideas of our founders.
Liberty, Reason, and Virtue are indispensable in a properly function society. Without these we are doomed to extinction as were the former "great powers": Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Mrs. Warren wrote:
"History, the deposit of crimes, and the record of everything disgraceful or honorary to mankind, requires a just knowledge of character, to investigate the sources of action; a clear comprehension, to review the combination of causes; and precision of language, to detail the events that have produced the most remarkable revolutions."
Mrs. Warren identified three fundamental conflicts in societies. Other great thinkers, such as Plato, identified similar connections but used slightly different terms. Such as for “reason,” Plato and others use “wisdom.” Some used “freedom” in place of “liberty.” Interestingly, most that I have read used “virtue” while others used “morality.”
When any of the three items, liberty, virtue, or reason is lacking in a culture, the conflicts that follow leave no room for compromise. And from this, we see time and again throughout history, tyranny and despotism follow, which lead to revolution. God save America.