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Thought of the Day: We Often Forget that Our Nation’s Independence Day is Founded First and Foremost on Philosophy

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An idealized depiction of (left to right) Franklin, Adams, and Jefferson working on the Declaration (Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1900) that has been widely reprintedMany nations celebrate some form of Independence Day.  Many of these are the dates of the start or end of a war.  But in the U.S. we celebrate not the fact that the rebels won our first civil war (which we call our Revolutionary war as I will discuss in a post soon), we instead celebrate the date where we made a clear statement of the intellectual concept of human rights. This is not fully unique to the United States and the specific rights were borrowed from John Locke’s philosophy.  But, none the less, it was an important statement, and one that has had a huge impact upon our entire world.

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July 4th, 2014 at 7:03 am

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