Speakeasy forum

General discussion

For those of you that wish to know more about the foundation

of American Revolutionary thought here's a very good source
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Enlightenment

This takes into account the variety of English Enlightenment thought as well as French. English Whigs of that period including Sir Robert Walpole the Prime Minister in the early to mid-18th Century were Conservatives.

In addition to this there was the Chartist Movement which took hold all over Britain in the early years of the 19th Century but originated in philosophy from the previous two centuries.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chartism

Sadly Wikipedia doesn't discuss the philosophical underpinning of Chartism which was mid 17th Century Commonwealth thought, and post Commonwealth writers like Locke and Hume and Berkley, Adam Smith,and Richard Price, and with French writers like Rousseau and Voltaire and Montesquieu and Diderot and the Encyclopedists.

The early thinkers in the US like Madison and Jefferson and Samuel Adams had all read very widely of European Enlightenment and had absorbed the thrust of the thoughts regarding broader suffrage and greater restricions on government intrusion into private citizens lives. It took Britain another 50 years to begin to enact these same changes into law.

The great thing is the use which the American students of Enlightenment Thought made of these readings. It is only recently that things seem to have gone pear-shaped.

Rob

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: For those of you that wish to know more about the foundation
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: For those of you that wish to know more about the foundation
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

Popular Forums

icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

DEALS, DEALS, DEALS!

Best Black Friday Deals

CNET editors are busy culling the list and highlighting what we think are the best deals out there this holiday season.