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  •  Good diary, but a couple of quibbles (2+ / 0-)
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    caul, elwior

    One:  Sparknotes?  Really?  Ugh.  Try this: http://www.archives.gov/...

    or this:

    http://www.ushistory.org/...

    Two:  The colonies had some gripes, but these hardly met the level of true tyranny.  Remember, the DofI was a document intended to sway potential allies that the cause met the standards of Just War Theory of the day (as had been expounded on by Hugo Grotius in the previous century).  As a document intended to persuade its audience (esp. France and Spain), Jefferson throws around a lot of hyperbole.   In the end, his argument is based more on the Lockian social contract than Grotius, setting forth that contract and how it had been (allegedly) broken.

    Canada certainly had the same governance as us, but did not see it as tyrannous.  

    To be free and just depends on us. Victor Hugo.

    by dizzydean on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:59:23 AM PST

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