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‘A Brave Resistance, or the Most Abject Submission’

August 27, 2012
Becky Akers

I’m not much of a movie buff, but Lunch Scholarssets me laughing each time I watch it. Especially entertaining are the students’ responses to the question, “In what war did the US gain its independence?” If they don’t shrug or stare in silent confusion, they hazard such guesses as “The Civil War?” One girl giggles, “We just did this, and I don’t remember!”

For a while, I attended meetings of the American Revolution Roundtable, convivial and festive affairs that “[bring] together a diverse group of people…,” – many of them published historians – “united by a common interest in the Revolutionary era.” One evening, a member advocated government’s “protection” of some site dating to the war; I have forgotten whether she wanted it officially designated a landmark, or, if it already had been, desired an increase in its budget. At any rate, the crowd vigorously applauded her efforts to extend the State’s power in honor of a rebellion against that very evil.

For all their “common interest in the Revolutionary era,” these adults had little more understanding of it than the stars of Lunch Scholars. Sadly, ignorance of both the facts and the spirit of the American Revolution curses our society; it’s one reason Leviathan has triumphed so thoroughly over a people formerly noted for their fierce autonomy and love of liberty.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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