Today on Uncommon Knowledge, Professor Paul Rahe reveals the greatest of all republics and discusses its foundations.
“The Americans of that generation, especially the leading men, they begin with a quarrel – a legal quarrel with Britain over the question of taxation. They are driven against their wills really to begin to think about independence. When they think about independence, they rethink government and they eliminate the King. How is it that they get to eliminating the King? The answer is they have been brought up on the classics of Greece and Rome and it has fired their imaginations.”